- volition in its weakest form.
- a mere wish, unaccompanied by an effort to obtain it.
Origin of velleity
1610–20; < New Latin velleitās, equivalent to Latin velle to be willing + -itās -ity
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- the weakest level of desire or volition
- a mere wish
C17: from New Latin velleitās, from Latin velle to wish
Word Origin and History for velleity
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