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Definitions for velleity
vəˈli ɪ tivelle·ity

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. velleitynoun

    a mere wish, unaccompanied by effort to obtain

  2. velleitynoun

    volition in its weakest form


  1. velleitynoun

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

  2. velleitynoun

    A slight wish not followed by any effort to obtain.

  3. Etymology: From velleitas, from velle.


  1. Velleity

    Velleity is the lowest degree of volition, a slight wish or tendency.


  1. velleity

    Velleity refers to a wish or inclination not strong enough to lead to action, a mild desire that exists but does not inspire efforts to achieve it. It's the weakest form of volition or will.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Velleitynoun

    the lowest degree of desire; imperfect or incomplete volition

  2. Etymology: [F. vellit (cf. It. velleit), fr. L. velle to will, to be willing.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Velleity

    ve-lē′i-ti, n. (rare) volition in its lowest form: mere inclination. [Low L. velleitas, irregularly formed from L. velle, to wish.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of velleity in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of velleity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Translations for velleity

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  • vel·leïtatCatalan, Valencian
  • Velleität, Anwandlung, LauneGerman
  • veleidad, antojo, caprichoSpanish
  • haaveFinnish
  • velléitéFrench
  • [[թույլ]] [[ցանկություն]], մաղթանք, մտադրությունArmenian
  • ぜいたくJapanese
  • capricho, veleidadePortuguese
  • [[пассивное]] [[стремление]], помысел, [[пассивное]] [[желание]], мечта, благое намерение, пожелание, [[слабое]] [[желание]]Russian

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