free-will

free will

noun
1.
free and independent choice; voluntary decision: You took on the responsibility of your own free will.
2.
Philosophy. the doctrine that the conduct of human beings expresses personal choice and is not simply determined by physical or divine forces.
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free will
 
n
1.  a.  the apparent human ability to make choices that are not externally determined
 b.  Compare determinism the doctrine that such human freedom of choice is not illusory
 c.  (as modifier): a free-will decision
2.  the ability to make a choice without coercion: he left of his own free will: I did not influence him

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free will definition


The ability to choose, think, and act voluntarily. For many philosophers, to believe in free will is to believe that human beings can be the authors of their own actions and to reject the idea that human actions are determined by external conditions or fate. (See determinism, fatalism, and predestination.)

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