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Act Involuntarily

Definition of the verb act involuntarily

What does act involuntarily mean as a doing phrase?


  1. act in an uncontrolled manner
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] as [Predicate]Dina masqueraded as a lawyer
      [Agent - being] [Verb] like [Predicate]Dina acted like a cretin

      Verbs with Predicative Complements (with the same syntax): act, behave.

    • lexical domain: Body Actions - verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care
    • synonym of act involuntarily: act reflexively
    • more generic words: act / behave / do = behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior
    • more specific terms:

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Google previewA philosophical dictionary, from the Fr. [by J.G. Gurton]. (1824)

by Voltaire

It is almost ludicrous to hear the bigoted and worthy personages who controvert it , act involuntarily on the very principles which they oppose while expatiating with lofty earnestness upon a sublime species of freedom, that, like a ci-devant ...

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