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1. The act of making a conscious choice or decision: He left of his own volition.
2. The power or faculty of choosing; the will: as long as I can exercise my volition.

[French, from Medieval Latin volitiō, volitiōn-, from Latin velle, vol-, to wish; see wel- in Indo-European roots.]

vo·li′tion·al adj.
vo·li′tion·al·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.volitional - with deliberate intention; "a volitional act"
willing - disposed or inclined toward; "a willing participant"; "willing helpers"


1. Done by one's own choice:
2. Of or relating to free exercise of the will:


adjWillens-, willentlich; controldes Willens; volitional actWillensakt m
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Kennedy introduces fundamental foundational truths and principles which allow God to infiltrate and change every facet of our lives, as we diligently seek his presence, and make a volitional surrender to the Lordship of Christ.
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Prospectively with this transducing brainwave into volitional movements, it can be a possibility that in future paraplegics would be able to move their robotic harnesses with the power of thought.