[uh-byoo-lee-uh, uh-boo-]

noun Psychiatry.

a symptom of mental disorder involving impairment or loss of volition.

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  1. abubble,
  2. abuilding,
  3. abuja,
  4. abukir,
  5. abukir bay,
  6. abumeron,
  7. abuna,
  8. abundance,
  9. abundant,
  10. abundant number

Also aboulia.

Origin of abulia

1840–50; < New Latin, probably not < Greek aboulíā thoughtlessness, but freshly formed from a-6, Greek boulḗ will, -ia

Related formsa·bu·lic, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for abulia




psychiatry a pathological inability to take decisions
Derived Formsabulic, adjective

Word Origin for abulia

C19: New Latin, from Greek aboulia lack of resolution, from a- 1 + boulē will

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Medicine definitions for abulia



Loss or impairment of the ability to make decisions or act independently.
Related formsa•bulic (-lĭk) adj.

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