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Involuntary meaning

involuntary - 5 dictionary results

  1. 1. controlled by the autonomic nervous system; without conscious control; " involuntary muscles"; " gave an involuntary start"
  2. 2. Not having will or the power of choice.
  3. 3. Not under the influence or control of the will; not voluntary; as, the involuntary movements of the body; involuntary muscle fibers.
  4. 4. Not proceeding from choice; done unwillingly; reluctant; compulsory; as, involuntary submission.
  5. 5. Not having the power of will; not done intentionally.

involuntary - examples of usage

  1. The involuntary motion of his ears, though he did not venture to look up, showed that he was aware of their approach. - "Stories of Animal Sagacity", W.H.G. Kingston.
  2. The muscular tissue of the heart belongs to that class known as involuntary, because its action is not controlled by the will. - "Special Report on Diseases of Cattle", U.S. Department of Agriculture J.R. Mohler.
  3. The dead, dull wall was worn smooth in places by the involuntary rubbings it had received from the shoulders of foot- passengers thrust rudely against it as the market- people came pouring in or out, or both together. - "Hodge and His Masters", Richard Jefferies.
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