Vocabulary Building: “INVOLUNTARY” – Meaning and Usage

In today’s video we’ll continue to expand our vocabulary and learn a new English word – “involuntary.”

Let’s break it into parts and learn the word’s origin.

The root of the word – “volunt” comes from Latin “voluntas,” which means “will.”

Prefix “in” also comes from Latin and means “not” or “opposite of.”

And suffix “-ary” in English helps form an adjective and means “that which…”

Thus, the literal meaning of “involuntary” is “that which happens without will.”

When something is involuntary, it happens without the will to do so; it happens unwillingly.

Here is an example of how to use the word in a sentence:

“Mary found herself an involuntary babysitter for her sister’s children every time she visited her.”



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