Glossary of Medical Terms

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1. The strength of choosing; the faculty or endowment of the soul by which it is capable of choosing; the faculty or strength of the mind by which we solve to do or not to do; the strength or faculty of preferring or selecting one of two or more objects. "It is necessary to form a distinct notion of what is meant by the word "volition" in order to understand the import of the word will, for this recent word expresses the strength of mind of which "volition" is the act." (Stewart) "Will is an ambiguous word, being sometimes put for the faculty of willing; sometimes for the act of that faculty, besides [having] another meanings. But "volition" always signifies the act of willing, and nothing else." (Reid) "Appetite is the will's solicitor, and the will is appetite's controller; what we covet according to the one, by the another we often reject." (Hooker) "The will is plainly that by which the mind chooses anything." (J. Edwards) 2. The choice which is made; a determination or preference which results from the act or exercice of the strength of choice; a volition. "The word "will," however, is not always used in this its proper acceptation, but is frequently substituted for "volition", as when I speak that my arm mover in obedience to my will." (Stewart) 3. The choice or determination of one who has authority; a decree; a command; discretionary pleasure. "Thy will be done." (Matt. Vi. 10) "Our prayers must be according to the will of God." (Law) 4. Strong wish or inclination; desire; purpose. "Inclination is other word with which will is frequently confounded. Thus, when the apothecary says, in Romeo and Juliet, "My poverty, but not my will, consents; . . . Put this in any liquid thing you will, And drink it off." the word will is plainly used as, synonymous with inclination; not in the strict logical sense, as the immediate antecedent of action. It is with the same latitude that the word is used in general talk, when we say of doing a thing which duty prescribes, against one's own will; or when we say of doing a thing willingly or unwillingly." 5. That which is strongly wished or desired. "What's your will, good friar?" (Shak) "The mariner hath his will." (Coleridge) 6. Arbitrary disposal; strength to control, dispose, or determine. "Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies." (Ps. Xxvii. 12) 7. The legal declaration of a person's mind as to the manner in which he would have his property or estate disposed of after his death; the written instrument, legally executed, by which a man makes disposition of his estate, to take effect after his death; testament; devise. See the Note under Testament. Wills are written or nuncupative, that is, oral. See Nuncupative will, under Nuncupative. at will, at pleasure. To keep an estate at the will of other, is to enjoy the possession at his pleasure, and be liable to be ousted at any time by the lessor or proprietor. An estate at will is at the will of both parties. Good will. See Good. Ill will, enmity; unfriendliness; malevolence. To have one's will, to obtain what is desired; to do what one pleases. Will worship, worship according to the dictates of the will or fancy; formal worship. Will worshiper, one who offers will worship. With a will, with willingness and zeal; with all one's heart or power; earnestly; heartily. Origin: OE. Wille, AS. Willa; akin to OFries. Willa, OS. Willeo, willio, D. Wil, G. Wille, Icel. Vili, Dan. Villie, Sw. Vilja, Goth wilja. See Will. Source: Websters Vocabulary
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