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velleity

[vuh-lee-i-tee] /vəˈli ɪ ti/
noun, plural velleities.
1.
volition in its weakest form.
2.
a mere wish, unaccompanied by an effort to obtain it.
Origin of velleity
1610-1620
1610-20; < New Latin velleitās, equivalent to Latin velle to be willing + -itās -ity
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velleity

/vɛˈliːɪtɪ/
noun (rare) (pl) -ties
1.
the weakest level of desire or volition
2.
a mere wish
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin velleitās, from Latin velle to wish
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velleity

n.

1610s, from Medieval Latin stem of velleitas (from Latin velle "to wish, will;" see will (v.)) + -ity.

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