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Done of one's own accord; voluntary.
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free′ will′

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.



voluntary: a freewill contribution.
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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.
The police produced the recovered girls before a court, which ordered for send them with their father on their own freewill
DAHARKI -- A man namely Ghulam Ali Mirbahar while talking to newsmen on Tuesday said that his sister Zulekhan had contracted marriage on her freewill and now she is leveling fake allegations on him along with her husband Hussain Bux.
It further stated: 'The complainant recorded her statement under Section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code before the concerned magistrate in which she fully denied the acceptance of the religious Islam and execution of freewill and performing her Nikkah with the co-accused.'
On November 14 last year, a man and his wife who had married of their own freewill were shot dead in Pabeni area of Swabi.
On November 14 last year, a man and his wife who had married of their own freewill were shot dead in Pabeni area of Swabi.According to police, the couple was shot dead by father and brother of the girl at her residence.
According to SHO Rana Hussain, deceased was a rickshaw driver by profession and hailed from Orakzai Agency, adding that deceased had got freewill marriage about seven months ago and a had dispute with his in-laws over the freewill marriage issue.
The philosophical debate about freewill has been of great importance in the history of philosophy and within religious circles.
The president called the Maduro regime "horrible" and mentioned the country's economic freewill and the flow of refugees.