|1.||The power of choosing; the faculty or endowment of the soul by which it is capable of choosing; the faculty or power of the mind by which we decide to do or not to do; the power or faculty of preferring or selecting one of two or more objects.|
It is necessary to form a distinct notion of what is meant by the word "volition" in order to understand the import of the word will, for this last word expresses the power of mind of which "volition" is the act.
Will is an ambiguous word, being sometimes put for the faculty of willing; sometimes for the act of that faculty, besides [having] other meanings. But "volition" always signifies the act of willing, and nothing else.
Appetite is the will's solicitor, and the will is appetite's controller; what we covet according to the one, by the other we often reject.
|2.||The choice which is made; a determination or preference which results from the act or exercise of the power of choice; a volition.|
|3.||The choice or determination of one who has authority; a decree; a command; discretionary pleasure.|
|4.||Strong wish or inclination; desire; purpose.|
|5.||That which is strongly wished or desired.|
|6.||Arbitrary disposal; power to control, dispose, or determine.|
|7.||(Law) The legal declaration of a person's mind as to the manner in which he would have his property or estate disposed of after his death; the written instrument, legally executed, by which a man makes disposition of his estate, to take effect after his death; testament; devise. See the Note under Testament, 1.|
|v. t. & au||1.|
|1.||To wish; to desire; to incline to have.|
|2.||As an auxiliary, will is used to denote futurity dependent on the verb. Thus, in first person, "I will" denotes willingness, consent, promise; and when "will" is emphasized, it denotes determination or fixed purpose; |
I am able to devote as much time and attention to other subjects as I will [shall] be under the necessity of doing next winter.
A countryman, telling us what he had seen, remarked that if the conflagration went on, as it was doing, we would [should] have, as our next season's employment, the Old Town of Edinburgh to rebuild.
|v. i.||1.||To be willing; to be inclined or disposed; to be pleased; to wish; to desire.|
And behold, there came a leper and worshiped him, saying, Lord if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus . . . touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean.
|1.||To form a distinct volition of; to determine by an act of choice; to ordain; to decree.|
|2.||To enjoin or command, as that which is determined by an act of volition; to direct; to order.|
|3.||To give or direct the disposal of by testament; to bequeath; to devise; |
|v. i.||1.||To exercise an act of volition; to choose; to decide; to determine; to decree.|
|Noun||1.||will - the capability of conscious choice and decision and intention; "the exercise of their volition we construe as revolt"- George Meredith|
|2.||will - a fixed and persistent intent or purpose; "where there's a will there's a way"|
|3.||will - a legal document declaring a person's wishes regarding the disposal of their property when they die|
|Verb||1.||will - decree or ordain; "God wills our existence"|
|2.||will - have in mind; "I will take the exam tomorrow"|
|3.||will - determine by choice; "This action was willed and intended"|
|4.||will - leave or give by will after one's death; "My aunt bequeathed me all her jewelry"; "My grandfather left me his entire estate"|
WILL, criminal law. The power of the mind which directs the actions of a
2. In criminal law it is necessary that there should be an act of the will to commit a crime, for unless the act is wilful it is no offence.
3. It is the consent of the will which renders human actions commendable or culpable, and where there is no win there can be no transgression.
4. The defect or want of will may be classed as follows: 1. Natural, as that of infancy. 2. Accidental; namely, 1st. Dementia. 2d. Casualty or chance. 3d. Ignorance. (q.v.) 3. Civil; namely, 1st. Civil subjection. 2d. Compulsion. 3d. Necessity. 4th. Well-grounded fear. Hale's P. C. c. 2 Hawk. P. C. book 1, c. 1.