Definitions for velleityvəˈli ɪ ti

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

vel•le•i•tyvəˈli ɪ ti(n.)(pl.)-ties.

  1. volition in its weakest form.

  2. a mere wish, unaccompanied by an effort to obtain it.

Origin of velleity:

1610–20; < NL velleitās= L velle to be willing +-itās -ity

Princeton's WordNet

  1. velleity(noun)

    a mere wish, unaccompanied by effort to obtain

  2. velleity(noun)

    volition in its weakest form


  1. velleity(Noun)

    The lowest degree of desire or volition, with no effort to act.

  2. velleity(Noun)

    A slight wish not followed by any effort to obtain.

  3. Origin: From velleitas, from velle.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Velleity(noun)

    the lowest degree of desire; imperfect or incomplete volition


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