a.1.Proceeding from the will; produced in or by an act of choice.
2.Unconstrained by the interference of another; unimpelled by the influence of another; not prompted or persuaded by another; done of his or its own accord; spontaneous; acting of one's self, or of itself; free.
Our voluntary service he requires.
- Milton.
She fell to lust a voluntary prey.
- Pope.
3.Done by design or intention; intentional; purposed; intended; not accidental; as, if a man kills another by lopping a tree, it is not voluntary manslaughter.
4.(Physiol.) Of or pertaining to the will; subject to, or regulated by, the will; as, the voluntary motions of an animal, such as the movements of the leg or arm (in distinction from involuntary motions, such as the movements of the heart); the voluntary muscle fibers, which are the agents in voluntary motion.
5.Endowed with the power of willing; as, man is a voluntary agent.
6.(Law) Free; without compulsion; according to the will, consent, or agreement, of a party; without consideration; gratuitous; without valuable consideration.
7.(Eccl.) Of or pertaining to voluntaryism; as, a voluntary church, in distinction from an established or state church.
Voluntary affidavit
(Law) an affidavit or oath made in an extrajudicial matter.
Voluntary conveyance
(Law) a conveyance without valuable consideration.
Voluntary escape
(Law) the escape of a prisoner by the express consent of the sheriff.
Voluntary jurisdiction
(Eng. Eccl. Law) See Contentious jurisdiction, under Contentious.
Voluntary waste
(Law) See Waste, n., 4.
n.1.One who engages in any affair of his own free will; a volunteer.
2.(Mus.) A piece played by a musician, often extemporarily, according to his fancy; specifically, an organ solo played before, during, or after divine service.
3.(Eccl.) One who advocates voluntaryism.
Noun1.voluntary - (military) a person who freely enlists for service
2.voluntary - composition (often improvised) for a solo instrument (especially solo organ) and not a regular part of a service or performance
Adj.1.voluntary - of your own free will or design; not forced or compelled; "man is a voluntary agent"; "participation was voluntary"; "voluntary manslaughter"; "voluntary generosity in times of disaster"; "voluntary social workers"; "a voluntary confession"
involuntary, nonvoluntary, unvoluntary - not subject to the control of the will; "involuntary manslaughter"; "involuntary servitude"; "an involuntary shudder"; "It (becoming a hero) was involuntary. They sank my boat"- John F.Kennedy
2.voluntary - controlled by individual volition; "voluntary motions"; "voluntary muscles"
involuntary - controlled by the autonomic nervous system; without conscious control; "involuntary muscles"; "gave an involuntary start"

VOLUNTARY. Willingly; done with one's consent; negligently. Wolff, Sec. 5.
     2. To render an act criminal or tortious it must be voluntary. If a man, therefore, kill another without a will on his part, while engaged in the performance of a lawful act, and having taken proper care to prevent it, he is not guilty of any crime. And if he commit an injury to the person or property of another, he is not liable for damages, unless the act has been voluntary or through negligence, as when a collision takes place between two ships without any fault in either. 2 Dobs. R. 83 3 Hagg. Adm. R. 320, 414.
     3. When the crime or injury happens in the performance of an unlawful act, the party will be considered as having acted voluntarily.
     4. A negligent escape permitted by an officer having the custody of a prisoner will be presumed as voluntary; under a declaration or count charging the escape to have been voluntary, the party will, therefore, be allowed to give a negligent escape in evidence. 1 Saund. 35, n. 1. So Will.

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Voluntas in delictis non exitus spectatur
Voluntas reputabatur pro facto
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