involuntary


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involuntary

Physiol (esp of a movement or muscle) performed or acting without conscious control
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I rapidly ran over these thoughts, and then I laughed a low and involuntary laugh, moved thereto by a slight inward revelation of the inconsistency of man.
And even he could not repress a start and an involuntary bristling of hair along his back when she suddenly leaped, without warning, straight up in the air, at the same time emitting a long and most terrible squall.
Besides, stars were fire, and the Red One was not fire--which last involuntary betrayal told Bassett nothing.
Wilson was busy in the kitchen, but the room was not empty; and I scarcely checked an involuntary recoil as I entered it; for there sat Miss Wilson chattering with Eliza Millward.
What her lips, therefore, concealed, her eyes, her blushes, and many little involuntary actions, betrayed.
I have found it so," I added, with an involuntary sigh.
With thee hath there come to me an involuntary bliss
Such involuntary responses we know as 'reflex' acts.
said Dolly, looking with involuntary admiration at the handsome house with columns, standing out among the different-colored greens of the old trees in the garden.
Some involuntary motion on his part caught the quick ear of the blind man, before he was conscious of having moved an inch towards him, for he turned suddenly and cried, 'Who's there?
The eloquent Pickwick, with one hand gracefully concealed behind his coat tails, and the other waving in air to assist his glowing declamation; his elevated position revealing those tights and gaiters, which, had they clothed an ordinary man, might have passed without observation, but which, when Pickwick clothed them--if we may use the expression--inspired involuntary awe and respect; surrounded by the men who had volunteered to share the perils of his travels, and who were destined to participate in the glories of his discoveries.
Involuntary part-time workers and the unemployed also report similar levels of agreement about having "enough money to do everything I want to do.