Definition of nolens volens in English:

nolens volens

adverb

formal
  • Whether a person wants or likes something or not.

    • ‘Nolens volens, the German tax system is becoming more European.’
    • ‘The officers of the War Department have always claimed and insisted that the orders of the President and the Secretary of War are to be obeyed, nolens volens, and are not to be questioned in any quarter.’
    necessarily, inevitably, unavoidably, by force of circumstance, inescapably, ineluctably
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Origin

Latin, from nolens ‘not willing’ and volens ‘willing’.

Pronunciation

nolens volens

/ˌnōlənz ˈvōlənz/