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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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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.
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The purpose of this paper is to discuss the importance of addressing volition when working with children and to illustrate how assessment tools of volition--the Volitional Questionnaire (de las Heras, Geist, Kielhofner, & Yi 2007) and the Pediatric Volitional Questionnaire (Basu, Kafkes, Schatz, Kiraly, & Kielhofner, 2008)--can assist occupational therapists in understanding children's volition and aid in the clinical reasoning process.
In this study, toe position sense (TPS) was examined as deep sensation in SCI patients, and at the end of the 1-year follow-up evaluation, the frequency of volitional voiding in patients with protected TPS in the first 72 hours after SCI was higher than that in patients without TPS; the authors indicated that this finding may be predictive of volitional voiding (10).
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These identities are acquired through a volitional process because their adoption requires selection or effort on the part of people.
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