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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or originating in the will.
  • adj. Expressing a wish or permission.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of or pertaining the will or volition
  • adj. in the volitive
  • n. A verb form found in certain languages which indicates that a certain action is willed, although it may not be performed in fact.
  • n. A specific volitive form of a verb.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the will; originating in the will; having the power to will.
  • adj. Used in expressing a wish or permission as, volitive proposition.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the power to will; exercising volition.
  • Originating in the will.
  • In rhetoric, expressing a wish or permission: as, a volitive proposition.

Etymologies

From Medieval Latin volitivus (from volitare ("to flee") + -ivus), a Scholastic translation of the Ancient Greek θελητικός (thelatikos), from θέλησις (thelesis, "a will, a willing") (Wiktionary)

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