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abulia

[uh-byoo-lee-uh, uh-boo-]
noun Psychiatry.
  1. a symptom of mental disorder involving impairment or loss of volition.
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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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Examples from the Web for abulia

Historical Examples

  • To shun competition and responsibility is characteristic of abulia.

    Psychology

    Robert S. Woodworth

  • Abulia is not just a comfortable laziness, but is attended by a sense of humiliation and inferiority.

    Psychology

    Robert S. Woodworth

  • So they show a condition of perfect 'abulia,' or inability to will or act.


British Dictionary definitions for abulia

abulia

aboulia

noun
  1. psychiatry a pathological inability to take decisions
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Derived Formsabulic, 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

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