I guffawed in a most unladylike manner the other day when I learned that the word willy-nilly originally meant "willing or not willing." Here's Leslie Stephen (1894): "You are engaged in the game willy-nilly, and cannot be a mere looker-on."
This term is Latin for "unwilling (or) willing."
"Three or four years might make me a sailor in every respect, mind and habits, as well as body, nolens volens, and would put all my companions so far ahead of me that a college degree and a profession would be in vain to think of.."
Explain the meaning of "nolens volens" without saying "whether you like it or not" or "despite any objections."
Fill in the blanks: "(Someone) was compelled, nolens volens, to (do something)."
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1. The opposite of NOLENS VOLENS is