1. The act of making a conscious choice or decision: He left of his own volition.
2. The power or faculty of choosing; the will: as long as I can exercise my volition.
[French, from Medieval Latin volitiō, volitiōn-, from Latin velle, vol-, to wish; see wel-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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