"Volition, (in Philos.) the Act of Willing, an Act of the Mind when it knowingly exercises that Dominion it takes to it self over any Part of the Man, by employing such a Faculty in, or withholding it from any particular Action."
— Phillips, Edward (1630-1696)
See Edward Phillips, The New World of English Words: or, a General Dictionary: Containing the Interpretations of Such Hard Words As Are Derived from Other Languages; Whether Hebrew, Arabick, Syriack, Greek, Latin, Italian, French, Spanish, British, Dutch, Saxon, &c. (London: Printed by E. Tyler, for Nath. Brooke at the sign of the Angel in Cornhill, 1658). <Link to ESTC>
Text from The New World of Words: or, Universal English Dictionary. Containing an Account of the Original or Proper Sense, and Various Significations of All Hard Words Derived from Other Languages 6th ed., revised, corrected, and improved (London: Printed for J. Phillips, at the King's-Arms in S. Paul's Church-Yard; H. Rhodes at the Star, the Corner of Bride-Lane, in Fleet-Street; and J. Taylor, at the Ship in S. Paul's Church-Yard, 1706). <Link to ESTC>