volitional

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From Latin volitio, from velle, to wish.

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volitional (comparative more volitional, superlative most volitional)

  1. Of or relating to the volition or will.
    • 1942, Olaf Stapledon, Darkness and the Light, Chapter 5, iii,[1]
      Little by little the whole subject population of the world was fitted with the instruments of volitional control. The government was now practically omnipotent.
    • 1957, Leo Kanner, Child Psychology, Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas, 3rd edition, Part Two, Chapter 4, p. 42,[2]
      Stern and Karl Bühler noticed independently that a child’s first “No” has a volitional meaning and that the significance as a simple denial of fact appears several months afterwards.
  2. Done by conscious, personal choice; not based on external principles; not accidental.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses, London: The Egoist Press, p. 182,[3]
      A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals to discovery.
    • 2016, Rebecca Mead, “The Power of ‘Love’ in Politics,” The New Yorker, 28 July, 2016,[4]
      “Loving on” someone—whether he likes it or not—posits love as a volitional activity, an act not of passion but of will.

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