Crossword Genius

Release a fellow of one's own volition (4,4)


I believe the answer is:

free will

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'own volition' is the definition.
'free will' can be an answer for 'volition' (I've seen this before). I'm unsure of the 'own' bit.

'release a fellow of one's' is the wordplay.
'release' becomes 'free' (synonyms).
'a fellow of one' becomes 'will' (I can't justify this - if you can you should believe this answer much more).

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(Other definitions for free will that I've seen before include "ability to act without direction" , "discretion" , "Volition" , "Freedom of choice" , "autonomy" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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