appetence

[ ap-i-tuhns ]
/ ˈæp ɪ təns /

noun

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

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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

OTHER WORDS FROM appetence

ap·pe·tent, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for appetence

  • The appetent is the spirit associated with an organism and organs; the non-appetent is the spirit apart from organism and organs.

  • The sentient spirit, that to which transmigratory conditions pertain, is also of two kinds, the appetent and non-appetent.

British Dictionary definitions for appetence

appetence

appetency

/ (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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