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appetency

[ap-i-tuh n-see]
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noun, plural ap·pe·ten·cies.
  1. appetence.
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Origin of appetency

1620–30; < Latin appetentia a craving for, equivalent to appetent- (stem of appetēns, present participle of appetere; see appetence) + -ia -ia; see -ency
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Examples from the Web for appetency

Historical Examples

  • We shall adopt the word "Appetency" to designate the Mentation in plant-life.

    Dynamic Thought

    William Walker Atkinson

  • The church of Durham, he said, was the great object of their appetency.

  • This is the reason why beauty is to all creatures an object of appetency, of desire and of love.

  • Many young animals evidence little or nothing more than "Appetency" in suckling.

    Dynamic Thought

    William Walker Atkinson

  • Appetency, ap′pet-ens-i, n. a seeking after: craving or appetite: desire, especially sensual desire—also Ap′petence.