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volition

noun \v-li-shn, v-\

: the power to make your own choices or decisions

Full Definition of VOLITION

1 : an act of making a choice or decision; also : a choice or decision made 2 : the power of choosing or determining : WILL
volitional adjective

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Examples of VOLITION

1. 2.

<Tourette's syndrome is a neurological disorder marked by recurrent tics and vocalizations that are beyond the sufferer's volition or control.> <left the church of her own volition, not because she was excommunicated>

Origin of VOLITION

French, from Medieval Latin volition-, volitio, from Latin vol-(stem of velle to will, wish) + -ition-, -itio (as in Latinposition-, positio position) more at WILL First Known Use: 1615

volent
adjective \vlnt\L

volent-, volens, pres. part. of velle to will, wish more at

will.

Full Definition of VOLENT

: exercising volition
Origin of VOLENT

L volent-, volens, pres. part. of velle to will, wish more atWILL

volant

(v l nt) adj. 1. Flying or capable of flying. 2. Moving quickly or nimbly; agile. 3. Heraldry Depicted with the wings extended as in flying.

[Latin vol ns, volant-, present participle of vol re, to fly. Sense 3, from French, from Old French, present participle of voler, to fly, from Latin vol re.]
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volant [vlnt]
adj

1. (History / Heraldry) (usually postpositive) Heraldry in a flying position

2. Rare flying or capable of flight

3. Poetic moving lightly or agilely; nimble

[from French: flying, from voler to fly, from Latin volre]

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volant (vo lnt)


adj.

1. engaged in or having the power of flight.

2. moving lightly; nimble.

3. (of a heraldic bird) having the wings extended for flight.

[150010; < French, present participle of voler to fly < Latin volre]

Adj. 1. volant - with wings extended in a flying position heraldry - the study and classification of armorial bearings and the tracing of genealogies winged - having wings or as if having wings of a specified kind; "the winged feet of Mercury";
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Male

(m l ) The capital of the Maldives, on Male, the chief atoll of the island country. Population: 92,600.

male

(m l) adj. 1. a. Of, relating to, or designating the sex that has organs to produce spermatozoa for fertilizing ova. b. Characteristic of or appropriate to this sex; masculine. c. Consisting of members of this sex. 2. Virile; manly. 3. Botany a. Relating to or designating organs, such as anthers or antheridia, that produce gametes capable of fertilizing those produced by female organs. b. Bearing stamens but not pistils; staminate: male flowers. 4. Designating an object, such as an electric plug, configured for insertion into a recessed part or socket. n. 1. A member of the sex that begets young by fertilizing ova. 2. A man or boy. 3. Botany A plant having only staminate flowers.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin masculus, diminutive of m s, male.]

male ness n. Synonyms: male, masculine, manlike, manly, manful, virile, mannish These adjectives mean of, relating to, or characteristic of men. Male categorizes any living thing by gender or sex: the male population; a male puppy; a male plant. Masculine refers to what is considered characteristic of men: a masculine voice. Manlike applies to qualities of a man (manlike fortitude) or resemblance to a human (manlike apes). Manly describes qualities regarded as becoming to a man: manly strength. Manful suggests bravery and resoluteness: a manful display of chivalry. Virile stresses the vigor, power, or sexual potency of an adult male: "The virile figure of Theodore Roosevelt swung down the national highway" (Edward Bok). Mannish usually applies to women or their traits, clothing, or actions when they seem masculine: a mannish suit.
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male [mel]
adj

1. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Biology) of, relating to, or designating the sex producing gametes (spermatozoa) that can fertilize female gametes (ova)

2. of, relating to, or characteristic of a man; masculine

3. for or composed of men or boys a male choir

4. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Biology) (of gametes) capable of fertilizing an egg cell in sexual reproduction

5. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Biology) (of reproductive organs, such as a testis or stamen) capable of producing male gametes

6. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Botany) (of flowers) bearing stamens but lacking a functional pistil

7. (Electronics) (Engineering / Mechanical Engineering) Electronics Mechanical engineering having a projecting part or parts that fit into a female counterpart a male plug

a male person, animal, or plant

[via Old French from Latin masculus MASCULINE]

maleness n

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male (mel)
n.

1. a person bearing an Xand Ychromosome pair in the cell nuclei and normally having a penis, scrotum, and testicles and developing hair on the face at adolescence; a boy or man.

2. an organism of the sex or sexual phase that normally produces a sperm cell or male gamete.

3. a plant having a stamen or stamens.

adj.

4. of, pertaining to, or being a male: the male skeleton; a male squirrel.

5. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a boy or man; masculine: the male ego.

6. composed of males: a male choir.

7.

a. of or pertaining to a plant or its reproductive structure producing or containing microspores.

b. (of seed plants) staminate.

8. made to fit into a corresponding open or recessed part: a male plug.

[130050; Middle English < Middle French ma(s)le < Latin masculus]

maleness, n.

Male (m le, -li)


n.

the capital of the Maldives. 46,334.

malea combining form meaning evil, occurring in loanwords from Latin: malediction. Compare mal-.

[< Latin; see mal-]

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male (m l) Adjective 1. In organisms that reproduce sexually, being the gamete that is smaller and more motile than the other corresponding gamete of the same species (the female gamete). The sperm cells of higher animals and plants are male gametes. 2. Possessing or being a structure that produces only male gametes. The testicles of humans are male reproductive organs. Male flowers possess only stamens and no carpels. Noun A male organism.
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Male
See also father; mankind; sex; women.

androcracy

the domination of society and politics by males. androcratic, adj.

androgenesis

Biology. the condition of an embryo that contains only paternal chromosomes; male parthenogenesis. androgenetic, adj.

andromania

in women, an obsession with men; nymphomania.

androphilia

a preference for males. androphilic, adj.

androphobia

1. an abnormal fear of men. 2. a hatred of males.

bachelorism

1. dedication to the state of being a bachelor. 2. behavior typical of a bachelor.

misandry, misandria

in women, an abnormal aversion to males.

patriarchy

1. a community in which the father or oldest male is the supreme authority, and descent is traced through the male line. 2. government by males, with one as supreme. patriarchist, n. patri-archic, patriarchical, adj.

virilescence

a condition of some animals, and especially of some fowls, in which the female, when old, assumes some of the characteristics of the male of the species. virilescent, adj.

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Thesaurus Legend:

Synonyms Related Words Antonyms oun 1. male - an animal that produces gametes (spermatozoa) that can fertilize female gametes (ova) animal, animate being, beast, creature, fauna, brute - a living organism characterized by voluntary movement sire - male parent of an animal especially a domestic animal such as a horse colt - a young male horse under the age of four male horse - the male of species Equus caballus bullock, steer - castrated bull female - an animal that produces gametes (ova) that can be fertilized by male gametes (spermatozoa)

2. male - a person who belongs to the sex that cannot have babies male person individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do" male body - the body of a male human being boy wonder - an extremely talented young male person bloke, chap, fella, fellow, lad, blighter, gent, feller, cuss - a boy or man; "that chap is your host"; "there's a fellow at the door"; "he's a likable cuss"; "he's a good bloke" foster brother, foster-brother - your foster brother is a male who is not a son of your parents but who is raised by your parents macho - a male exhibiting or characterized by machismo boy, male child - a youthful male person; "the baby was a boy"; "she made the boy brush his teeth every night"; "most soldiers are only boys in uniform" male offspring, man-child - a child who is male adult male, man - an adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman); "there were two women and six men on the bus" man - a male person who plays a significant role (husband or lover or boyfriend) in the life of a particular woman; "she takes good care of her man" man - an adult male person who has a manly character (virile and courageous competent); "the army will make a man of you" mother's son - a male person; "every mother's son who could walk was there" sirrah - formerly a contemptuous term of address to an inferior man or boy; often used in anger female person, female - a person who belongs to the sex that can have babies 3. Male - the capital of Maldives in the center of the islands Maldives, Republic of Maldives - a republic on the Maldive Islands; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1965

Adj. 1. male - being the sex (of plant or animal) that produces gametes (spermatozoa) that perform the fertilizing function in generation; "a male infant"; "a male holly tree" biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms masculine - associated with men and not with women androgynous - having both male and female characteristics female - being the sex (of plant or animal) that produces fertilizable gametes (ova) from which offspring develop; "a female heir"; "female holly trees bear the berries" male - characteristic of a man; "a deep male voice"; "manly sports" 2. manful, manlike, manly, virile masculine - associated with men and not with women

3. male - for or pertaining to or composed of men or boys; "the male lead"; "the male population" male - being the sex (of plant or animal) that produces gametes (spermatozoa) that perform the fertilizing function in generation; "a male infant"; "a male holly tree"
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male
adjective masculine, manly, macho, virile, manlike, manful a deep male voice womanly, female, feminine, girlie, unmanly, camp (informal), effeminate, womanish, wussy (slang ), wimpish or wimpy (informal)

Quotations "The male is a domestic animal which, if treated with firmness and kindness, can be trained to do most things" [Jilly Cooper] "A man is as old as he's feeling," "A woman as old as she looks" [Mortimer Collins The Unknown Quantity]

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Translations
male (meil) noun, adjective
1. (a person, animal etc) of the sex having testes or an organ or organs performing a similar function; not (of) the sex which carries the young until birth etc. the male of the species; the male rabbit. 2. (a plant) having flowers with stamens which can fertilize female flowers.
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Male
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Full Definition of MALEVOLENT

1 : having, showing, or arising from intense often vicious ill will,spite, or hatred 2 : productive of harm or evil
malevolently adverb

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1. 2.

<the novel grossly oversimplified the conflict as a struggle between relentlessly malevolent villains on one side and faultless saints on the other> There was no acknowledgment of the effects of cycle upon cycle of malevolent defeat, of the injury of seeing one generation rise above the cusp of poverty only to be indignantly crushed, of the impact of repeating tsunamis of violence Douglas A. Blackmon, Slavery By Another Name, 2008

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Origin of MALEVOLENT

Latin malevolent-, malevolens, from male badly + volent-, volens, present participle of velle to wish more at MAL-,WILL First Known Use: 1509

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