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"involuntary" in British English

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involuntaryadjective

uk   /ɪnˈvɒl.ən.tər.i/ us   /ɪnˈvɑː.lən.ter.i/
(Definition of involuntary from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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involuntaryadjective

us   /ɪnˈvɑl·ənˌter·i/
not done willingly, or not done intentionally: A sharp tap beneath the knee usually causes an involuntary movement of the lower leg. The driver of the vehicle was charged with involuntary manslaughter.
(Definition of involuntary from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"involuntary" in Business English

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involuntaryadjective

uk   /ɪnˈvɒləntəri/ us  
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 from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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