Definition of free will in English:

free will

noun

mass noun
  • The power of acting without the constraint of necessity or fate; the ability to act at one's own discretion.

    • ‘Critics saw the novel as an impassioned plea for the necessity of human free will.’
    • ‘If reality is subjective to the observer, isn't that the ultimate confirmation of free will?’
    • ‘No one thinks that machines have free will, yet they may well be beyond the control of their makers.’
    • ‘You always retain free will, and you may act on any given influence in a positive, negative or indifferent way.’
    • ‘After all, isn't God said to be a being who has genuine free will and yet always chooses the good?’
    • ‘That free will, the freedom to choose whether or not to believe, is the basis of faith.’
    • ‘Let's run through some arguments for free will, followed by the determinist's responses.’
    • ‘If there is any definition of what the soul gives you, it's free will; it's the freedom to choose.’
    • ‘The critics liked to quote the treatise as containing arguments for free will unrefuted even by their author.’
    • ‘Rather, in the first place, she observes that the fact of free will is available to introspection.’
    • ‘If fewer genes meant more freedom, then we would have to say flies and amoeba have more free will than humans.’
    • ‘If you choose to engage in these activities it is by your own free will and at your own volition.’
    • ‘This insight was the basis for Descartes's defense of free will and of the mind's ability to control the body.’
    • ‘If after reading these, you find yourself depressed about not having free will, please be in touch.’
    • ‘An even more fundamental belief that is required for a magician is the belief in individual free will.’
    • ‘Compatibilist philosophies seek to reconcile free will and determinism in a modern time.’
    • ‘But science will shrink the space in which free will can operate by slowly exposing the mechanism of decision making.’
    • ‘I also realised that my explanation may have suggested a lack of free will.’
    • ‘Rather he chose to give them complete free will so that they could choose to obey or not to obey.’
    • ‘Although we are rational agents that make real choices, we don't have free will that's independent of causality.’
    volition, independence, self-determination, self-sufficiency, autonomy, spontaneity
    voluntarily, willingly, readily, freely, spontaneously, without reluctance, without being forced, without being asked, without being encouraged
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adjective

  • attributive (especially of a donation) voluntary.

    ‘free-will offerings’
    • ‘Cost for the dinner is a free-will offering along with the donation of one canned food item.’
    • ‘However, the intrepid duo persevered and the free-will gifts eventually got bagged.’
    • ‘Moses, however, does not rely on free-will offerings.’
    • ‘There is no charge for the event (we will take a free-will offering), and like all Worship Freehouse events, it is open for all ages.’

Pronunciation

free will