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Definition of "free will" []

  • The ability or discretion to choose; free choice: chose to remain behind of my own free will. (noun)
  • The power of making free choices that are unconstrained by external circumstances or by an agency such as fate or divine will. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "free will" in a sentence
  • "“And do you, Sister Alva Jane Merrill, take Brother Wade Barton by the right hand and give yourself to him of your own free will and choice?”"
  • "Phineas Gage lost none of his neshama in the accident, but he had lost his ability to formulate within his window of free will those choices based on logic."
  • "Among a long, distinguished list of psychologists and philosophers, William James, Kurt Lewin, and Karl Heidegger all stressed the role of the present and free will in human behavior."