of (one's) own accord

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of (one's) own accord

Voluntarily; of one's own free will. Police are hoping that the person of interest surrenders of his own accord. No, I didn't tell him to bring anything to dinner. He did that of his own accord.
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of one's own accord

 and of one's own free will
by one's own choice, without coercion. I wish that Sally would choose to do it of her own accord. I'll have to order her to do it because she won't do it of her own free will.
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of one's own accord

Also, of one's own free will. Voluntarily, without prompting or coercion, as in The entire audience rose of their own accord, or No, I'm climbing this mountain of my own free will. The first term dates from about 1450, the variant from about 1600.
See also: accord, of, own

of your own accord

FORMAL
COMMON If you do something of your own accord, you do it without being asked or forced. He did not quit as France's prime minister of his own accord. There was always the chance that the girl had simply chosen to run away of her own accord.
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of your own accord

voluntarily or without outside intervention.
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of your own acˈcord

without being asked or forced: I didn’t need to tell her to apologize; she did it of her own accord.
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References in classic literature ?
Standing on a projecting rock, he played several tunes in the hope that the fish, attracted by his melody, would of their own accord dance into his net, which he had placed below.
Thus property is as an instrument to living; an estate is a multitude of instruments; so a slave is an animated instrument, but every one that can minister of himself is more valuable than any other instrument; for if every instrument, at command, or from a preconception of its master's will, could accomplish its work (as the story goes of the statues of Daedalus; or what the poet tells us of the tripods of Vulcan, "that they moved of their own accord into the assembly of the gods "), the shuttle would then weave, and the lyre play of itself; nor would the architect want servants, or the [1254a] master slaves.
Of their own accord those dear arms clasped themselves round me, of their own accord the sweet lips came to meet mine.
Seemingly of their own accord, they fell open, and exposed the interior.
And the end is that when they see the people, not of their own accord, but through ignorance, and because they are deceived by informers, seeking to do them wrong, then at last they are forced to become oligarchs in reality; they do not wish to be, but the sting of the drones torments them and breeds revolution in them.
They will flock to him, he said, of their own accord, if lie pays them.
It is painful--it is even humiliating--but I am reduced at last to one slender theory: that the oysters climbed up there of their own accord.
A: As you know, cats can visit other homes of their own accord and the best thing to do first of all is to discuss this with your neighbour.
But so many officers have chosen to leave of their own accord that unexpected savings on salaries is now contributing to a PS24 million budget underspend this year.
Superintendent of police (SP) in Goalpara, Shyamal Saikiya said that twelve militants had surrendered with arms of their own accord.
2 : willingness to act or to do something <They went to the library of their own accord.
If they will not leave of their own accord pounds 3,000 of taxpayers' money will be offered as an incentive.
Many of the swans have moved of their own accord and others have been relocated with the help of swan rescue groups and the RSPCA.
As child protection and the role of the social work-er came under the spotlight at a one-day conference, experts revealed an increasing number of families are coming forward of their own accord.
But in the end the hiccups, which had been coming close to 50 times a minute, suddenly stopped of their own accord yesterday evening, as mysteriously as they had started.