exercise of will

See: volition
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Thus, any particular exercise of will in the family is also an exercise of a universal will for acts of the same sort.
Ricca's father Gerson was a banker and a one-time Roman fattore; Ricca's exercise of will in accepting a marital partner had led her into neither the byways of marrying down nor into the "mad passion" that so many still considered romance to be.(124) No doubt, a matchmaker, a shadkhan, usually gifted with many wiles, was likely involved.(125) But it was probably Ricca herself who initiated this second match, which resulted in a marriage that lasted over a generation.