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[ap-i-tuh ns]
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  1. intense desire; strong natural craving; appetite.
  2. instinctive inclination or natural tendency.
  3. material or chemical attraction or affinity.
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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 formsap·pe·tent, adjective
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Historical Examples

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

    The Sarva-Darsana-Samgraha

    Madhava Acharya

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

British Dictionary definitions for appetent



noun plural -tences or -tencies
  1. a natural craving or desire
  2. a natural or instinctive inclination
  3. an attraction or affinity
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin appetentia, from appetere to crave
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Word Origin and History for appetent



"strong desire," c.1600, from French appétence "desire," from Latin appetentia "longing after something," noun of state from appetentem (nominative appetens), present participle of appetere, from ad "to" (see ad-) + petere "to seek, request" (see petition (n.)).

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