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Definition - What does Involuntary mean?

Involuntary means something that is done, an action that is taken by a person, that is against their own will and which can be considered to have been forced upon the person. An example would be anything that is mandatory by law, such as paying taxes or driving at a set speed limit. If the law requires a person to do something then it can be considered an involuntary act of the person. It can be related to criminal law as well, such as involuntary manslaughter, which is when one person accidentally kills another person.

Justipedia explains Involuntary

The term is significant in law as it speaks to intent. Intent forms the basis of many laws and in relation to a person breaking them. If a breach of law occurs that is not done on purpose, it is considered as involuntary.

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