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From French volition, from Medieval Latin volitiō (will, volition), from Latin volō (to wish; to want; to mean or intend) (ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *welh₁- (to choose; to want)) + -tiō (suffix forming nouns relating to some action or the result of an action) (ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *-tis (suffix forming abstract or action nouns from verbs)).



volition (countable and uncountable, plural volitions)

  1. A conscious choice or decision. [from early 17th c.]
    • 2017 May 13, Barney Ronay, “Antonio Conte’s brilliance has turned Chelsea’s pop-up team into champions”, in The Guardian[1], London, archived from the original on 9 September 2017:
      [Antonio] Conte has broken the mould further with the suggestion he might escape the [Roman] Abramovich cleaver, becoming the first of his line to leave by his own volition.
  2. The mental power or ability of choosing; the will.
    Out of all the factors that can influence a person’s decision, none can match the power of his or her own volition.
  3. (linguistics) A concept that distinguishes whether or not the subject or agent intended something.

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From Medieval Latin volitiō (will, volition), from Latin volō (I wish, I will).


volition f (plural volitions)

  1. (philosophy, psychology) volition

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