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nisus

[ nahy-suhs ]
/ ˈnaɪ səs /
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noun, plural ni·sus.
an effort or striving toward a particular goal or attainment; impulse.
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Origin of nisus

First recorded in 1690–1700; from Latin nīsus “planting one’s feet firmly, strong muscular effort,” equivalent to nīt(ī) “to support or exert oneself” + -sus, variant of -tus suffix denoting the action of the verb
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British Dictionary definitions for nisus

nisus
/ (ˈnaɪsəs) /

noun plural -sus
an impulse towards or striving after a goal

Word Origin for nisus

C17: from Latin: effort, from nītī to strive
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