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1The principle of relying on voluntary action (used especially with reference to the involvement of voluntary organizations in social welfare):‘some councils connected the twin themes of public spending cuts and the strong emphasis on voluntarism’
- ‘However, the promotion of voluntarism in women's groups has arguably come at a high cost to many women and families in terms of sacrificing time and limited resources and incurring financial commitments.’
- ‘The terms of the debate centre on celebrating personal behaviour, community tidiness, local accessibility, micromanagement, voluntarism, neighbourhood activism, and so on.’
- ‘‘Yeah, they work harder and have more voluntarism,’ said one senior figure in a large party.’
- ‘For example, on pensions policy, the most often-raised points are about the earnings link, about voluntarism versus compulsion, and safeguards for schemes' members.’
- ‘More recently, different groups have encouraged a spirit of voluntarism and giving among staff, faculty, and students.’
- ‘Some might call it sort of cultures of voluntarism and self-help, but I think generally from different pieces of work that I have seen there is probably more suspicion about intervention from outside.’
- ‘Women's groups draw on voluntarism and self-financing to manage a social relationship with inherent demands and limits.’
- ‘The tools of voluntarism are friendship, trade, compassion, and love.’
- ‘Religious life followed the principle of voluntarism.’
- ‘Local voluntarism provided political training for all the nation's people, particularly its soldiers.’
- ‘Although the NGO sector has become increasingly professionalised over the last two decades, principles of altruism and voluntarism remain key defining characteristics.’
- ‘They do so because the college community is vigilant about supporting cultures of quality engagement and voluntarism, as described earlier.’
- ‘For both groups, the highest percentage of voluntarism took place in religious organizations, followed by education and youth development activities.’
- ‘Instead, they insisted that only Christian-minded voluntarism could protect the weak and ameliorate misery.’
- ‘Although the strategy was flawed by its excessive voluntarism, it did force the party to modernize itself.’
- ‘He also puts forward a most interesting concept - the return of voluntarism to the healthcare sector.’
- 1.1historical (especially in the 19th century) the principle that the Church or schools should be independent of the state and supported by voluntary contributions.
The doctrine that the will is a fundamental or dominant factor in the individual or the universe.
- ‘Thus he steers between determinism and voluntarism, yet he argued an inevitable historical tendency towards equality.’
- ‘The idea of voluntarism - of unfettered individual action - which guides so much of market and social behavior also permeates the culture of love.’
- ‘According to doxastic voluntarism, believing and disbelieving are choices that are up to us to make.’
- ‘His recasting of subjectivity, albeit in nonessentialized terms, still looks back to the voluntarism of Existentialism.’
- ‘However, there is at least one crucial distinction between Parsonian voluntarism and Kantian freedom.’
Mid 19th century: formed irregularly from voluntary.
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