involuntary

[in-vol-uhn-ter-ee]
adjective
1.
not voluntary; independent of one's will; not by one's own choice: an involuntary listener; involuntary servitude.
2.
unintentional; unconscious: an involuntary gesture.
3.
Physiology. acting independently of or done or occurring without volition: involuntary muscles.

Origin:
1525–35; < Late Latin involuntārius. See in-3, voluntary

involuntarily [in-vol-uhn-ter-uh-lee, -vol-uhn-tair-] , adverb
involuntariness, noun


1, 3. See automatic. 2. instinctive. 3. reflex, uncontrolled.


2. intentional.
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involuntary (ɪnˈvɒləntərɪ, -trɪ)
 
adj
1.  carried out without one's conscious wishes; not voluntary; unintentional
2.  physiol (esp of a movement or muscle) performed or acting without conscious control
 
in'voluntarily
 
adv
 
in'voluntariness
 
n

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involuntary
1531, from L.L. involuntarius "involuntary," from in- "not" + L. voluntarius (see voluntary).
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Medical Dictionary

involuntary in·vol·un·tar·y (ĭn-vŏl'ən-těr'ē)
adj.

  1. Not subject to control of the volition.

  2. Acting or done without or against one's will.

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involuntary   (ĭn-vŏl'ən-těr'ē)  Pronunciation Key 
Not under conscious control. Most of the biological processes in animals that are vital to life, such as contraction of the heart, blood flow, breathing, and digestion, are involuntary and controlled by the autonomic nervous system.
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Example sentences
The involuntary eye movements of nystagmus are caused by abnormal function in
  the areas of the brain that control eye movements.
First, let's consider involuntary collaboration with jerks.
Government offices are closed on some days, as state workers take involuntary
  and unpaid furloughs.
However, some migrations are forced and involuntary.
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