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voluntary organization

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

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˈvɒləntəri ˌɔrɡənəˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
      • /ˈvɒləntəri ˌɔrɡəˌnaɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
    • British English
      • /ˈvɒləntəri ˌɔːɡənʌɪˈzeɪʃn/
      • /ˈvɒləntəri ˌɔːɡn̩ʌɪˈzeɪʃn/
  • Syllabification: (vol·un·tar·y or·gan·i·za·tion)

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 October 16, 2019 (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 October 16, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/voluntary-organization/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“voluntary organization.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 16 Oct. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/voluntary-organization/>.