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voluntary

1. Law
a. acting or done without legal obligation, compulsion, or persuasion
b. made without payment or recompense in any form
2. (of the muscles of the limbs, neck, etc.) having their action controlled by the will
3. maintained or provided by the voluntary actions or contributions of individuals and not by the state
4. Music a composition or improvisation, usually for organ, played at the beginning or end of a church service
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My exhibition had been witnessed by several hundred lesser Martians, and they immediately broke into demands for a repetition, which the chieftain then ordered me to make; but I was both hungry and thirsty, and determined on the spot that my only method of salvation was to demand the consideration from these creatures which they evidently would not voluntarily accord.
If you will not come away from the island with me voluntarily I consider it my duty to take you away by force.
At last he lay at the master's feet, into whose possession he now surrendered himself, voluntarily, body and soul.
a country, in fine, which voluntarily annexed itself to the United States of America
One of the strongest instances of an animal apparently performing an action for the sole good of another, with which I am acquainted, is that of aphides voluntarily yielding their sweet excretion to ants: that they do so voluntarily, the following facts show.
With thee have I wandered about in the remotest, coldest worlds, like a phantom that voluntarily haunteth winter roofs and snows.
He points out that, on this view, no movement can be made voluntarily unless it has previously occurred involuntarily.
I accompanied the whale-fishers on several expeditions to the North Sea; I voluntarily endured cold, famine, thirst, and want of sleep; I often worked harder than the common sailors during the day and devoted my nights to the study of mathematics, the theory of medicine, and those branches of physical science from which a naval adventurer might derive the greatest practical advantage.
The schemes include, voluntarily return, plea-bargain, rescheduling of loan, recovery of Punjab Cooperative Board for Liquidation (PCBL) cases, and amount collected through fines.
PESHAWAR -- Over 150 shopkeepers of Bara Market, properly known as Karkhano Market here Wednesday their encroachments voluntarily, said a press release issued here.
If I resign voluntarily now, this would mean I agree with accusations of Omurbek Tekebaev," Speaker Keldibekov said.
women aged 35-44 are voluntarily childless: They have never given birth and do not expect to, and either are fecund or have undergone contraceptive sterilization.