involuntary involuntary  /ɪn ˈvɑ lən ˌtɛ ri/


  1. (adj) not subject to the control of the will
  2. (adj) controlled by the autonomic nervous system; without conscious control




  1. Ramon's brain worked better than most people's and his wit was as quick as his smile was warm, but from the neck down he was limp flesh, capable of no more than involuntary spasms.
  2. Liao is out on bail, and will probably be charged with involuntary manslaughter and destruction of a body, which together carry a maximum prison sentence of seven years.
  3. Friday evening, after less than two days of deliberations, a jury found Junta guilty of involuntary manslaughter.


  1. Medicare report is an involuntary work of fiction

    Medicare report is an involuntary work of fiction Houston Chronicle Copyright 2013 Houston Chronicle. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 6:00 pm, Tuesday, June 11, 2013 Unfortunately, it is highly unlikely that health care costs will be anything like the Affordable Care Act would dictate them to be. For these reasons, the ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Houston Chronicle

  2. Isleta Pueblo man pleads guilty in fatal car crash

    (AP) — Authorities say an Isleta Pueblo man has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in connection with a 2012 car accident. Prosecutors say 34-year-old James Anzara pleaded guilty Tuesday at... Read more »
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Albuquerque Journal

  3. An involuntary work of fiction

    The latest Trustees Reports for Social Security and Medicare contained some much-reported tranquilizing news. There's only one problem: One of those reports is an involuntary work of fiction. …
    on June 9, 2013     Source: Provo Daily Herald


  1. "It's true, the ball really touched my hand and then my shoulder," Luis Fabiano said. "But it was involuntary. It was one of the greatest goals I've scored in my career."
    on Jun 21, 2010 By: Luis Fabiano Source: The Associated Press

  2. "We believe it is important to keep the spotlight on ourselves," Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said in presenting the report. "Human trafficking is not someone else's problem. Involuntary servitude is not something we can ignore...
    on Jun 14, 2010 By: Hillary Rodham Clinton Source: The Associated Press

  3. "Involuntary detention should really be your last resort," Harrington said. "There's a danger that we'll end up blaming the victim."
    on Apr 2, 2007 By: Mark Harrington Source: Forbes

Word of the Day
infatuated infatuated
/ɪn ˈfæ tʃu ˌeɪ tɪd /