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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Volition  \Vo*li"tion\,  n.  [F.,  fr  L.  volo  I  will  velle  to 
  will  be  willing.  See  {Voluntary}.] 
  1.  The  act  of  willing  or  choosing;  the  act  of  forming  a 
  purpose;  the  exercise  of  the  will 
  Volition  is  the  actual  exercise  of  the  power  the 
  mind  has  to  order  the  consideration  of  any  idea,  or 
  the  forbearing  to  consider  it  --Locke. 
  Volition  is  an  act  of  the  mind,  knowingly  exerting 
  that  dominion  it  takes  itself  to  have  over  any  part 
  of  the  man,  by  employing  it  in  or  withholding  it 
  from  any  particular  action  --Locke. 
  2.  The  result  of  an  act  or  exercise  of  choosing  or  willing;  a 
  state  of  choice. 
  3.  The  power  of  willing  or  determining;  will 
  Syn:  Will  choice;  preference;  determination;  purpose. 
  Usage:  {Volition},  {Choice}.  Choice  is  the  familiar,  and 
  volition  the  scientific,  term  for  the  same  state  of 
  the  will  viz.,  an  ``elective  preference.''  When  we 
  have  ``made  up  our  minds''  (as  we  say)  to  a  thing  i. 
  e.,  have  a  settled  state  of  choice  respecting  it  that 
  state  is  called  an  immanent  volition;  when  we  put 
  forth  any  particular  act  of  choice,  that  act  is  called 
  an  emanent,  or  executive,  or  imperative,  volition. 
  When  an  immanent,  or  settled  state  of  choice,  is  one 
  which  controls  or  governs  a  series  of  actions,  we  call 
  that  state  a  predominant  volition;  while  we  give  the 
  name  of  subordinate  volitions  to  those  particular  acts 
  of  choice  which  carry  into  effect  the  object  sought 
  for  by  the  governing  or  ``predominant  volition.''  See 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  the  capability  of  conscious  choice  and  decision  and 
  intention:  "the  exercise  of  their  volition  we  construe 
  as  revolt"-  George  Meredith  [syn:  {will}] 
  2:  the  act  of  making  a  choice;  "followed  my  father  of  my  own 
  choice"  [syn:  {willing}] 

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