VOLUNTARY in a Sentence

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 Meanings and Examples of VOLUNTARY
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 a.  done or undertaken of one's own free will; unforced
Classic Sentence: (17 in 2 pages)
1  This work was strictly voluntary, but any animal who absented himself from it would have his rations reduced by half.
Animal Farm By George Orwell
Context  Highlight   In Chapter VI
2  The rest of its features were voluntary, and they were these.
Hard Times By Charles Dickens
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 1: CHAPTER V
3  Then she could gradually rise up to the genuine satisfaction of having a partner, a voluntary partner, secured against the dancing began.
Mansfield Park By Jane Austen
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER XXVIII
4  You have a claim on me: not only as the voluntary bearer of this intelligence, but as a woman lost almost beyond redemption.
Oliver Twist By Charles Dickens
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER XL
5  With regard to Captain Wentworth, though Anne hazarded no enquiries, there was voluntary communication sufficient.
Persuasion By Jane Austen
Context  Highlight   In Chapter 14
6  He made a complete voluntary confession.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan Doyle
7  My present situation was one in which all voluntary thought was swallowed up and lost.
Frankenstein By Mary Shelley
Context  Highlight   In Chapter 24
8  'My son's great capacity was tempted on, there, by a feeling of voluntary emulation and conscious pride,' the fond lady went on to say.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER 20. STEERFORTH'S HOME
9  The actions of Napoleon and Alexander, on whose words the event seemed to hang, were as little voluntary as the actions of any soldier who was drawn into the campaign by lot or by conscription.
War and Peace(V3) By Leo Tolstoy
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 9: CHAPTER I
10  This unexpected and, as it seemed to Nicholas, quite voluntary letter from Sonya freed him from the knot that fettered him and from which there had seemed no escape.
War and Peace(V4) By Leo Tolstoy
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 12: CHAPTER VII
11  He had not known either the one or the other, and a sort of voluntary night had obscured his eyes.
Les Misérables (V3) By Victor Hugo
12  It regulated its pace by that of the first; but in the voluntary slowness of its gait, suppleness and agility were discernible.
Les Misérables (V4) By Victor Hugo
13  My voluntary confession of the assassination at Auteuil proved to him that I had not committed that of which I stood accused.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Context  Highlight   In Chapter 45. The Rain of Blood.
14  I say scarcely voluntary, for it seemed as if my tongue pronounced words without my will consenting to their utterance: something spoke out of me over which I had no control.
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER IV
15  Selden understood the symptoms: he recognized the fact that he was paying up, as there had always been a chance of his having to pay up, for the voluntary exclusions of his past.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 1: Chapter 14
Example Sentence: (18 in 2 pages)
1  The agency is voluntary and not run for profit.
2  Attention is drawn to a special voluntary course in Commercial French.
3  As a woman of independent means, she spent most of her life in voluntary work.
4  She is a voluntary worker at the hospital.
5  Attendance on the course is purely voluntary.
6  These examples serve to indicate that the voluntary sector in sport is very diverse.
7  The shipping industry promulgated a voluntary code.
8  The company hopes the job cuts will be made through natural wastage and voluntary redundancy.
9  The organization depended heavily on voluntary help.
10  The organization is run on a voluntary basis.
11  Since retiring from the company, she has done voluntary work for a charity.
12  The staff have agreed to a voluntary wage freeze.
13  He made a voluntary statement to the police.
14  So far, the company says, more than 13,000 employees have taken voluntary redundancy or agreed to retire early.
15  To express their gratitude, patients provided a more-or-less voluntary gratuity.