[ 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

Related forms

a·bu·lic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for abulic



/ (əˈbuːlɪə, -ˈbjuː-) /


psychiatry a pathological inability to take decisions

Derived Forms

abulic, 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 abulic



Loss or impairment of the ability to make decisions or act independently.

Related forms

a•bulic (-lĭk) adj.
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