Involuntary Legal Meaning and Definition

Here is a simplified definition of the legal term Involuntary.

Involuntary (adjective)


In legal terms, 'involuntary' relates to actions or behaviors that are not done by personal free will or choice, but by force, compulsion, or because of an instinctive response. They are not deliberate or intended. The term applies both to personal behavior as well as legal circumstances. For example, 'involuntary' manslaughter is a crime that occurs when a person unintentionally causes the death of another person.