[ vuh-lee-i-tee ]
/ vəˈli ɪ ti /

noun, plural vel·le·i·ties.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for velleity


/ (vɛˈliːɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties rare

the weakest level of desire or volition
a mere wish

Word Origin for velleity

C17: from New Latin velleitās, from Latin velle to wish
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Word Origin and History for velleity



1610s, from Medieval Latin stem of velleitas (from Latin velle "to wish, will;" see will (v.)) + -ity.

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