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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.
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Adv.1.volitionally - in a willing mannervolitionally - in a willing manner; "I willingly accept"
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It will shed light on the techniques with which models volitionally consume, manage, and employ bodily and linguistic symbols imbued with racial meaning as essential parts of their self-commodification and self-presentation.
Either it's going to be imposed on us by an authoritarian regime in the future, or we do it volitionally now because it's got to happen.
Christian psychology sensitizes us to rumor's epistemological mooring, theological meaning, spiritualrealm context, and volitionally demanding nature.
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It was found that isometric shoulder flexion torque values at 90 degrees of flexion were greater, when an individual volitionally superimposed a contraction of the abdominals compared to torque values, when the abdominals were solely recruited in a subconscious fashion.
The low number of reported injuries may be related to recall bias, completing the questionnaire in a rushed manner, or volitionally omitting a history of injury.
Finally, the need for autonomy reflects the need to experience activities as self-endorsed and volitionally enacted.
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like a cancer, at first thought benign and likely to disappear without need for abolition but, by 1840, becoming a malignancy in the South, which Southerners dared not discontinue volitionally. Yet, while the institution of slavery is abhorrent, as was the Confederate States of America, which intended to preserve it, individuals such as Robert E.
In fact, the brain cannot be "put to rest" volitionally, and thinking and concentration continue despite the fact that someone is taken out of school, work, or play.
The definition chosen was information that was obtained from other areas or from different systems volitionally used elsewhere without having to retype that same information.