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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [in-vol-uh n-ter-ee]
    • /ɪnˈvɒl ənˌtɛr i/
    • /ɪnˈvɒl.ən.tər.i/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [in-vol-uh n-ter-ee]
    • /ɪnˈvɒl ənˌtɛr i/

Definitions of involuntarily word

  • adjective involuntarily not voluntary; independent of one's will; not by one's own choice: an involuntary listener; involuntary servitude. 1
  • adjective involuntarily unintentional; unconscious: an involuntary gesture. 1
  • adjective involuntarily Physiology. acting independently of or done or occurring without volition: involuntary muscles. 1
  • noun involuntarily In an involuntary manner; done without conscious thought. 1
  • adverb involuntarily unintentionally 1

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Origin of involuntarily

First appearance:

before 1525
One of the 28% oldest English words
From the Late Latin word involuntārius, dating back to 1525-35. See in-3, voluntary

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Parts of speech for Involuntarily


involuntarily popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 85% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for involuntarily

adv involuntarily

  • carefully — cautious in one's actions: Be careful when you cross the street.
  • cautiously — showing, using, or characterized by caution: a cautious man; To be cautious is often to show wisdom.
  • hesitantly — hesitating; undecided, doubtful, or disinclined.
  • perforce — of necessity; necessarily; by force of circumstance: The story must perforce be true.
  • unwillingly — not willing; reluctant; loath; averse: an unwilling partner in the crime.

adverb involuntarily

  • reluctantly — unwilling; disinclined: a reluctant candidate.
  • unhappily — sad; miserable; wretched: Why is she so unhappy?
  • compulsorily — required; mandatory; obligatory: compulsory education.
  • obligatorily — required as a matter of obligation; mandatory: A reply is desirable but not obligatory.
  • helplessly — unable to help oneself; weak or dependent: a helpless invalid.

Antonyms for involuntarily

adverb involuntarily

  • willingly — disposed or consenting; inclined: willing to go along.

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