freewill


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free·will

 (frē′wĭl′)
adj.
Done of one's own accord; voluntary.

free′ will′


n.
1. free and independent choice; voluntary decision.
2. the doctrine that the conduct of human beings expresses personal choice and is not simply determined by physical or divine forces.

free•will

(ˈfriˈwɪl)

adj.
voluntary: a freewill contribution.
[1525–35]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.freewill - done of your own accord; "a freewill offering"
voluntary - of your own free will or design; done by choice; not forced or compelled; "man is a voluntary agent"; "participation was voluntary"; "voluntary manslaughter"; "voluntary generosity in times of disaster"; "voluntary social workers"; "a voluntary confession"
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From the standpoint from which the science of history now regards its subject on the path it now follows, seeking the causes of events in man's freewill, a scientific enunciation of those laws is impossible, for however man's free will may be restricted, as soon as we recognize it as a force not subject to law, the existence of law becomes impossible.
There was in this voluntary abdication of his freewill, in this fancy submitting itself to another fancy, which suspects it not, a mixture of fantastic independence and blind obedience, something indescribable, intermediate between slavery and liberty, which pleased Gringoire,--a spirit essentially compound, undecided, and complex, holding the extremities of all extremes, incessantly suspended between all human propensities, and neutralizing one by the other.
Though I cannot tell why it was exactly that those stage managers, the Fates, put me down for this shabby part of a whaling voyage, when others were set down for magnificent parts in high tragedies, and short and easy parts in genteel comedies, and jolly parts in farces --though I cannot tell why this was exactly; yet, now that I recall all the circumstances, I think I can see a little into the springs and motives which being cunningly presented to me under various disguises, induced me to set about performing the part I did, besides cajoling me into the delusion that it was a choice resulting from my own unbiased freewill and discriminating judgment.
You planned this marriage of your own freewill," pursued the captain, with the furtive look and the faltering voice of a man ill at ease.
FAISALABAD -- The Kotwali police have registered a case against the city council vice chairman and more than two dozen other people on the charge of kidnapping from courtroom a girl who contracted marriage of her own freewill.
While talking to newsmen, the couple said that they have contracted marriage on their freewill but the relatives of the girl are issuing dire threats to them.
A freewill offering was taken to benefit Methodist churches of Puerto Rico.
Speaking at the special service held at Garden of Victory, Ibadan, said he obeyed God's divine instruction to stop the processes of obtaining the loan, only to get more than the needed funds from freewill donations and goodwill.
I have come to love the culture of freewill here that spans further than just the walls of the office, but also into the products that are conceived.
Terrorists can strike at their own freewill and kill innocent people.
The couple, 25-year-old Abdul Hadi and 22-year-old Haseena, who contracted a freewill marriage, was murdered on the night of November 22 in the city's Mominabad area by the woman's family members on the orders of a tribal jirga for 'bringing disgrace on the family'.
For me, it's a very emotional moment in the episode because you're seeing the first freewill.