noun Date: 1844 1. voluntarism 1 2. the act or practice of doing volunteer work in community service

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • volunteerism — n. act of donating one s time to a particular activity (without salary) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • volunteerism — noun chiefly N. Amer. the use or involvement of volunteer labour, especially in community services …   English new terms dictionary

  • volunteerism — vol·un·teer·ism …   English syllables

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  • volunteerism — /vɒlənˈtɪərɪzəm/ (say voluhn tearrizuhm) noun the system of volunteer participation in activities of benefit to the community …   Australian English dictionary

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