[ ap-i-tuh ns ]
/ ˈæp ɪ təns /


intense desire; strong natural craving; appetite.
instinctive inclination or natural tendency.
material or chemical attraction or affinity.
Also appetency.

Origin of appetence

1600–10; appete (obsolete) to seek for, long for (< Latin appetere, equivalent to ap- ap-1 + petere to seek) + -ence; or < French appétence

Related forms

ap·pe·tent, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (ˈæpɪtəns) /

noun plural -tences or -tencies

a natural craving or desire
a natural or instinctive inclination
an attraction or affinity

Word Origin for appetence

C17: from Latin appetentia, from appetere to crave
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