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1. Law
a. a person who does some act or enters into a transaction without being under any legal obligation to do so and without being promised any remuneration for his services
b. Property law a person to whom property is transferred without his giving any valuable consideration in return, as a legatee under a will
a. a plant that grows from seed that has not been deliberately sown
b. (as modifier): a volunteer plant



a person who voluntarily enters military service. In several countries the system of volunteers was the basic means of army recruitment—for example, in Great Britain before World War I (1914-18)—before the introduction of universal military obligation. In the 18th century and the first half of the 19th, volunteer battalions and regiments existed in Austria-Hungary, France, and Italy that had joined the ranks of the regular army. In the second half of the 19th century the system of volunteers lost its significance in most states; it is still a means of army recruitment in Great Britain (since 1961) and serves as a supplement to the regular army in certain other states, particularly in time of war.



a serviceman in the Russian or foreign armies who would voluntarily enter military service on terms that were advantageous to him after having received a higher or secondary education (in Russia, also before completion of secondary education). The features of volunteer service that distinguish it from regular army duty included a shortened duration of service and of the time required for promotion in rank, the right to live on one’s own income outside the barracks, and the obligation to take an examination at the conclusion of service for the rank of junior officer in the reserves(in Russia, warrant officer).

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The Center provides a comprehensive data Registration System, Voluntary Rights framework, Training and Developing framework, a system that provisions volunteering opportunities, Hourly System, Voluntary Work Marketing System and a Voluntary Event and Activities Evaluation System.
It also aims to develop future leaders in goodwill work with their support, sponsorship, and leading the way for the new generations and encouraging them to contribute to the development of the community with voluntary work.
Everybody Counts is run by the institute to encourage voluntary work by its members.
New Zealand Cricket general manager Lindsay Crocker said: "Jesse will apologise to staff and, after a suggestion from Emergency Department staff, will carry out voluntary work for the Emergency Care Foundation.
I find that any type of voluntary work, for any length of time, is extremely rewarding and immensely satisfying.
She pays tribute to her husband and family (she has four children--two others have died--and five grandchildren) for allowing her to spend `three quarters of my life' doing voluntary work for her people.
Now students who do at least three months voluntary work during their year out will be exempt from the charges.
14 (BNA): Good Word Society Honorary President His Highness Shaikh Isa bin Ali bin Khalifa Al-Khalifa stressed the importance of voluntary work as a religious, national and social value to be cultivated.
The event, organised by the Bahrain Society for Voluntary Work in co-operation with the Arab-African Youth Council, was held at the Ibn Khuldoun Social Centre, Arad.
KUWAIT, May 14 (KUNA) -- A Gulf forum opened in Kuwait on Sunday will seek to develop a joint executive plan for voluntary work in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states, said Undersecretary of Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor Dr.
JEDDAH: The Labor and Social Development Ministry is considering establishing departments for voluntary work in 200 civil organizations in the Kingdom and increasing the number of volunteers from 24,500 to 300,000 by 2020.
Muscat, Apr 24 (ONA) The Technical Committee for the Sultan Qaboos Award for Voluntary Work held its 2ndmeeting for 2016 in the Ministry of Social Development today under the chair of Mohammed bin Ahmed al-Mahrouqi, Director General of the Social Welfare, Head of the Committee.

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