Definition of free will in English:

free will


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

    • ‘That free will, the freedom to choose whether or not to believe, is the basis of faith.’
    • ‘An even more fundamental belief that is required for a magician is the belief in individual free will.’
    • ‘After all, isn't God said to be a being who has genuine free will and yet always chooses the good?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If you choose to engage in these activities it is by your own free will and at your own volition.’
    • ‘If fewer genes meant more freedom, then we would have to say flies and amoeba have more free will than humans.’
    • ‘Compatibilist philosophies seek to reconcile free will and determinism in a modern time.’
    • ‘This insight was the basis for Descartes's defense of free will and of the mind's ability to control the body.’
    • ‘The critics liked to quote the treatise as containing arguments for free will unrefuted even by their author.’
    • ‘Although we are rational agents that make real choices, we don't have free will that's independent of causality.’
    • ‘Let's run through some arguments for free will, followed by the determinist's responses.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If after reading these, you find yourself depressed about not having free will, please be in touch.’
    • ‘Rather, in the first place, she observes that the fact of free will is available to introspection.’
    • ‘Rather he chose to give them complete free will so that they could choose to obey or not to obey.’
    • ‘If there is any definition of what the soul gives you, it's free will; it's the freedom to choose.’
    • ‘You always retain free will, and you may act on any given influence in a positive, negative or indifferent way.’
    voluntarily, willingly, readily, freely, spontaneously, without reluctance, without being forced, without being asked, without being encouraged
    of one's own accord, of one's own volition, of one's own choosing, by one's own preference
    volition, independence, self-determination, self-sufficiency, autonomy, spontaneity
    freedom, liberty
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  • [attributive] (especially of a donation) given readily; voluntary.

    ‘free-will offerings’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Cost for the dinner is a free-will offering along with the donation of one canned food item.’


free will

/ˌfrē ˈwil/