Optional vs. Voluntary

Optional vs. Voluntary — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Optional and Voluntary

Optionaladjective

Left to choice; not compulsory or automatic.

Voluntaryadjective

Done or undertaken of one's own free will

a voluntary decision to leave the job.

Optionaladjective

Not compulsory; left to personal choice; elective.

On that beach clothing is entirely optional.

Voluntaryadjective

Acting or done willingly and without constraint or expectation of reward

a voluntary hostage.voluntary community work.

Optionalnoun

Something that is not compulsory, especially part of an academic course.

Voluntaryadjective

Normally controlled by or subject to individual volition

voluntary muscle contractions.

Optionalnoun

(programming) In the Swift programming language, a kind of variable that is assigned a specific data type but may or may not hold an actual value.

Voluntaryadjective

Capable of making choices; having the faculty of will

"This law of happiness ... resides in the exercise of the active capacities of a voluntary agent" (John Dewey).

Optionaladjective

possible but not necessary; left to personal choice

Voluntaryadjective

Supported by contributions or charitable donations rather than by government appropriations

voluntary hospitals.

Voluntaryadjective

Without legal obligation or consideration

a voluntary conveyance of property.

Voluntaryadjective

Done intentionally but without premeditation or deliberation, as when under the influence of an intense emotional reaction

voluntary manslaughter.

Voluntarynoun

A short piece of music, often improvised on a solo instrument, played as an introduction to a larger work.

Voluntarynoun

A piece for solo organ, often improvised, played before, during, or after a religious service.

Voluntarynoun

A volunteer.

Voluntaryadjective

Done, given, or acting of one's own free will.

Voluntaryadjective

Done by design or intention; intentional.

If a man accidentally kills another by lopping a tree, it is not voluntary manslaughter.

Voluntaryadjective

Working or done without payment.

Voluntaryadjective

Endowed with the power of willing.

Voluntaryadjective

Of or relating to voluntarism.

a voluntary church, in distinction from an established or state church

Voluntaryadverb

(obsolete) Voluntarily.

Voluntarynoun

(music) A short piece of music, often having improvisation, played on a solo instrument.

Voluntarynoun

A volunteer.

Voluntarynoun

A supporter of voluntarism; a voluntarist.

Voluntarynoun

(military) a person who freely enlists for service

Voluntarynoun

composition (often improvised) for a solo instrument (especially solo organ) and not a regular part of a service or performance

Voluntaryadjective

of your own free will or design; not forced or compelled;

man is a voluntary agentparticipation was voluntaryvoluntary manslaughtervoluntary generosity in times of disastervoluntary social workersa voluntary confession

Voluntaryadjective

controlled by individual volition;

voluntary motionsvoluntary muscles