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noun, plural vel·le·i·ties.
  1. volition in its weakest form.
  2. 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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British Dictionary definitions for velleity


noun plural -ties rare
  1. the weakest level of desire or volition
  2. a mere wish
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Word Origin

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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