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[uh-byoo-lee-uh, uh-boo-] /əˈbyu li ə, əˈbu-/
noun, Psychiatry.
a symptom of mental disorder involving impairment or loss of volition.
Also, aboulia.
Origin of abulia
1840-50; < New Latin, probably not < Greek aboulíā thoughtlessness, but freshly formed from a-6, Greek boulḗ will, -ia
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abulic, adjective Unabridged
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/əˈbuːlɪə; -ˈbjuː-/
(psychiatry) a pathological inability to take decisions
Derived Forms
abulic, adjective
Word Origin
C19: New Latin, from Greek aboulia lack of resolution, from a-1 + boulē will
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abulia in Medicine

abulia a·bu·li·a or a·bou·li·a (ə-bōō'lē-ə, ə-byōō'-)
Loss or impairment of the ability to make decisions or act independently.

a·bu'lic (-lĭk) adj.
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