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Definition of "volition" []

  • The act or an instance of making a conscious choice or decision. (noun)
  • A conscious choice or decision. (noun)
  • The power or faculty of choosing; the 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 "volition" in a sentence
  • "The basic action in this case is often called a volition, which is said to be the agent's willing, trying, or endeavoring to move a certain part of her body in a certain way."
  • "The actual exercise of that power, by directing any particular action, or its forbearance, is that which we call volition or willing."
  • "It is true, there is a thing which we call volition, or an act of the mind; but this does not produce the external change by which it is followed."