Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English


English definition of “involuntary”


adjective     /ɪnˈvɒləntəri/
not done by choice, or not done as a result of someone's decision or intention: Involuntary unemployment means that you suffer a total loss of salary as the result of the loss of employment. The number of involuntary part-timers - people who couldn't get more hours or find a full-time job - is increasing.
(Definition of involuntary adjective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of involuntary

More Business English definitions for “involuntary”

Definitions of “involuntary” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


When a boat or a ship sails, it travels on the water.

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More