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velleity

[ vuh-lee-i-tee ]
/ vəˈli ɪ ti /
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noun, plural vel·le·i·ties.
volition in its weakest form.
a mere wish, unaccompanied by an effort to obtain it.
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Origin of velleity

1610–20; <New Latin velleitās, equivalent to Latin velle to be willing + -itās-ity
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How to use velleity in a sentence

  • How would it be possible to resist the will of God, supposing of course that it was his real will, not a mere velleity?

  • But the desire by way of simple velleity may not be put into a proper prayer, when there is no hope.

British Dictionary definitions for velleity

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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