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voluntary association

noun
1.
a group of individuals joined together on the basis of mutual interest or common objectives, especially a business group that is not organized or constituted as a legal entity.
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  • Legitimate government can be formed only by the voluntary association of all who contribute to its support.

  • voluntary association, but assisted by a government subsidy.

  • The voluntary association is entitled to compel its members to live up to their obligations.

    Anarchism Paul Eltzbacher
  • Such goods as are social can be secured by voluntary association.

    Ethics John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts
  • This rule has sometimes been applied to a voluntary association, making it responsible as a corporation.

  • But what is to be the nature of the voluntary association in detail?

    Anarchism Paul Eltzbacher
  • In its first constitution, 1877, provision was made for the formation of a voluntary association for the payment of sick benefits.

  • voluntary association was resorted to, but that failed also.

  • For the members of the voluntary association numerous obligations arise from their membership.

    Anarchism Paul Eltzbacher
  • No voluntary association of individuals, resourceful and disinterested though they be, is competent to assume the responsibility.

    The Promise Of American Life Herbert David Croly

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