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Date: 1600-1700
Language: French
Origin: Medieval Latin volitio, from Latin velle; VOLUNTARY1

volition

noun
     
vo‧li‧tion [uncountable]
1

of your own volition

formal if you do something of your own volition, you do it because you want to, not because you are forced to:
Helena left the company of her own volition.
2 formal the power to choose or decide something without being forced to do it

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