nisus

[nahy-suh s]

Origin of nisus

1690–1700; < Latin nīsus act of planting the feet, effort, equivalent to nīt(ī) to support or exert oneself + -tus suffix of v. action, with tt > s
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nisus

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

Word Origin for nisus

C17: from Latin: effort, from nītī to strive
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