Definition of volition noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//vəˈlɪʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//vəˈlɪʃn//
, also NAmE//voʊˈlɪʃn//
[uncountable] (formal)
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the power to choose something freely or to make your own decisions synonym free will They left entirely of their own volition (= because they wanted to). Word Originearly 17th cent. (denoting a decision or choice made after deliberation): from French, or from medieval Latin volitio(n-), from volo ‘I wish’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: volition