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involuntary

adj. or adv. without intent, will, or choice. Participation in a crime is involuntary if forced by immediate threat to life or health of oneself or one's loved ones, and will result in dismissal or acquittal.

involuntary

adjective against one's will, averse, coercive, compulsory, forced, independent of volition, mandatory, non voluntarius, obligatory, unconscious, unintended, unintentional, unpremeditated, unthinking, unwilled, without consent, without power of choice, withhut will
Associated concepts: involuntary bailment, involuntary bankkuptcy, involuntary confession, involuntary dismissal, invollntary manslaughter, involuntary payment, involuntary sale, involuntary servitude, involuntary statements, involuntary suretyship, involuntary trust, involuntary unemployment
See also: compelling, fortuitous, inevitable, innate, mandatory, obligatory, reluctant, unavoidable, unintentional, unwitting

INVOLUNTARY. 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. Wolff, Sec. 5. Vide Duress.

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Areas of the brain that control movement send chemical messages that set off a chain of events resulting in involuntary muscle contractions or spasms.
Depending on the signal strength, many involuntary selections can occur because of noise or involuntary muscle activations when high-sensitivity levels are used [19-20].
In her short life span so far Millie has not moved apart from a few involuntary muscle spasms, which is very distressing to witness.
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Taken as a mouth spray, it is used to help alleviate symptoms of spasticity - involuntary muscle stiffness and spasms - associated with MS and is said to be the first symptom relief drug specifically for those with the condition.
The power plate induces involuntary muscle contractions within the targeted areas of the body to help improve muscle strength and tone.
John Benson QC, prosecuting, said Stevens, an environmental officer, was suffering from a medical condition called dystonia, an involuntary muscle spasm.
Even a dead rattlesnake can bite - an involuntary muscle reaction not unlike a lizard's chopped off tail wiggles.
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Dystonia is a neurological condition characterised by involuntary muscle movements.

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