Definition of voluntarist in US English:


noun & adjective

  • See voluntarism

    • ‘On the other hand, however, he advocates a purely voluntarist model of action: politics is choice, and choice has to be made in a revolutionary fashion, regardless of the state of prevailing economical or social conditions.’
    • ‘It has been argued that the voluntarist nature of the system that characterized British industrial relations for much of the twentieth century has been severely eroded over the last three decades.’
    • ‘In the late medieval period, voluntarist theologians such as William of Ockham and Gabriel Biel radically distinguished God's absolute freedom and God's covenant relations.’
    • ‘Economic depressions - such as the depression of 1893-1896 and the Great Depression of the 1930s - only underlined the limits of the voluntarist approach.’
    • ‘The origins of this conception go back to Rousseau's insistence - revealingly at variance with his own voluntarist construction of the general will - that a civil religion alone could found the stability of a republic.’