Definition of involuntariness in US English:

involuntariness

noun

  • See involuntary

    • ‘In other words, it was the involuntariness of a subject's behavioral response which characterized it as being a hypnotic response.’
    • ‘Descartes builds on a familiar argument in the history of philosophy, an appeal to the involuntariness of sensory ideas.’
    • ‘Sexual orientation's involuntariness, which is largely beyond dispute, is separate from its origin, which is still controversial, even among sympathetic scientists.’
    • ‘He stated that the Stanford scales were lacking because they did not directly measure the involuntariness of a subject's behavioral responses during the routine scale administration.’
    • ‘The Crown, of course, can negative involuntariness, prove that it was a willed act, without establishing that there was in fact an intention to kill, without proving murder.’

Pronunciation

involuntariness

/ɪnˈvɑlənˌtɛrinəs//inˈvälənˌterēnəs/