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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

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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British Dictionary definitions for nisus

nisus
/ (ˈnaɪsəs) /

noun plural -sus

an impulse towards or striving after a goal
C17: from Latin: effort, from nītī to strive
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