In a previous question, I asked how to make an agent noun from volo, with the intended verb volare. In the comments, it was mentioned that volo is also a form of the irregular verb, velle.

Is there an existing agent noun for that verb, and if not, how would you make one from it?

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    Not worth repeating in an answer, but remember you can also use the present participle.
    – cmw
    Commented Jul 19, 2022 at 23:35

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Two existing nouns with somewhat similar meaning are voluntarius and volo, volonis, both of which have meanings that can be glossed as “volunteer”. Nouns formed with the suffixes -arius and -o sometimes have definitions approximating those of agent nouns.

As for a neologistic -tor noun built on velle, the future participle voliturus mentioned by L&S and the Medieval Latin abstract noun volitio make the form “volitor” seem the most likely.

As per cmw♦'s comment, it's also a good idea to remember the present participle volens, which L&S explicitly says " = is qui vult, in the different meanings".

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