Legal Definition and Related Resources of Involuntary

Meaning of Involuntary

Not proceeding from choice; an act performed with constraint, or with repugnance, or without the will to do.

Involuntary Alternative Definition

An involuntary act is that which is performed with constraint (q. V.}, or with repugnance, or without the will to do it. An action is involuntary, then, which is performed under duress. Wolflf. Inst. § 5. The term is frequently used in connection with various proceedings to denote an adverse proceeding. Thus, involuntary bankruptcy proceedings are those instituted by a creditor, and not by the bankrupt. A nonsuit allowed on the motion of the defendant ind against the plaintiff’s will is an involuntary nonsuit. 223 111. 174; 180 111. 191.

Synonyms of Involuntary


  • against one’s will
  • averse
  • coactus
  • coercive
  • compulsory
  • forced
  • independent of volition
  • invitus
  • mandatory
  • non voluntarius
  • obligatory
  • unassenting
  • unconscious
  • unintended
  • unintentional
  • unmeditated
  • unpremeditated
  • unthinking
  • unwilled
  • unwilling
  • without consent
  • without power of choice
  • without will Associated Concepts: involuntary bailment
  • involuntary bankruptcy
  • involuntary confession
  • involuntary dismissal
  • involuntary manslaughter
  • involuntary payment
  • involuntary sale
  • involuntary servitude
  • involuntary statements
  • involuntary suretyship
  • involuntary trust
  • involuntary unemployment

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