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Definition of Voluntary Organization

(noun) An organization that an individual joins in order to pursue interests that are shared by themselves and others.

Voluntary Organization Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: vol·un·tar·y or·gan·i·za·tion

Audio Pronunciation

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– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /vAHl-uhn-tair-ee orguh-nuh-zAY-shuhn/
  • British English – /vOl-uhn-tuh-ree awguh-nie-zAY-shuhn/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈvɑləntɛri ˌɔrgənəˈzeɪʃən/
  • British English – /ˈvɒləntəri ˌɔːgənaɪˈzeɪʃən/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: voluntary organizations
  • Also called normative organization.

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Cite the Definition of Voluntary Organization

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “voluntary organization.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved August 12, 2020 (https://sociologydictionary.org/voluntary-organization/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

voluntary organization. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/voluntary-organization/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “voluntary organization.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed August 12, 2020. https://sociologydictionary.org/voluntary-organization/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“voluntary organization.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 12 Aug. 2020. <https://sociologydictionary.org/voluntary-organization/>.