Definitions: (1) having the power to choose; willful; (2) forming a purpose or an opinion; decisive; self-determinative

Derivations: Medieval Latin, “I wish” (17th century: a decision or choice made after deliberation)

• The true test of a leader is whether his followers will adhere to his cause from their own volition, enduring the most arduous hardships without being forced to do so, and remaining steadfast in the moments of greatest peril. — Xenophon (c. 430–354 bc) Athenian general, philosopher, & historian
• We see that every external motion, act, gesture, whether voluntary or mechanical, organic or mental, is produced and preceded by internal feeling or emotion, will or volition, and thought or mind. — Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831-1891) Russian & American mystic & author