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Definition 1: composition (often improvised) for a solo instrument (especially solo organ) and not a regular part of a religious service or musical performance - [noun denoting communication]

(voluntary is a kind of ...) a musical composition for one voice or instrument (with or without accompaniment)

(... is a kind of voluntary ) a voluntary played at the end of a religious service

Definition 2: (military) a person who freely enlists for service - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for voluntary in the sense of this definition

(voluntary is a kind of ...) someone who serves in the armed forces; a member of a military force

"two men stood sentry duty"

(voluntary belongs to category ...) the military forces of a nation

"their military is the largest in the region" "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"

Definition 3: of your own free will or design; done by choice; not forced or compelled - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where voluntary or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • man is a voluntary agent
  • participation was voluntary
  • voluntary manslaughter
  • voluntary generosity in times of disaster
  • voluntary social workers
  • a voluntary confession

(voluntary is similar to ...) done by design

"the insult was intentional" "willful disobedience"

(voluntary is similar to ...) done of your own accord

"a freewill offering"

(voluntary is similar to ...) voluntarily assumed or endured

"self-imposed exile"

(voluntary is similar to ...) not brought about by coercion or force

"the confession was uncoerced"

(voluntary is similar to ...) without payment

"the soup kitchen was run primarily by unpaid helpers" "a volunteer fire department"

(means also ...) knowing and perceiving; having awareness of surroundings and sensations and thoughts

"remained conscious during the operation" "conscious of his faults" "became conscious that he was being followed"

(means also ...) resulting from one's intentions

"your intended trip abroad" "an intended insult"

(means also ...) disposed or inclined toward

"a willing participant" "willing helpers"

Definition 4: controlled by individual volition - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where voluntary or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • voluntary motions
  • voluntary muscles

(voluntary belongs to category ...) the branch of the biological sciences dealing with the functioning of organisms

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