ambitionless

ambition

[am-bish-uhn]
noun
1.
an earnest desire for some type of achievement or distinction, as power, honor, fame, or wealth, and the willingness to strive for its attainment: Too much ambition caused him to be disliked by his colleagues.
2.
the object, state, or result desired or sought after: The crown was his ambition.
3.
desire for work or activity; energy: I awoke feeling tired and utterly lacking in ambition.
verb (used with object)
4.
to seek after earnestly; aspire to.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English ambicio(u)n (< Middle French) < Latin ambitiōn- (stem of ambitiō), equivalent to amb- ambi- + -i- go + -t- past participle suffix + -iōn- -ion

ambitionless, adjective
ambitionlessly, adverb
preambition, noun
superambition, noun


1. aspiration, yearning, longing. 2. goal, aim. 3. drive, force.
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ambition (æmˈbɪʃən)
 
n
1.  strong desire for success, achievement, or distinction
2.  something so desired; goal; aim
 
[C14: from Old French, from Latin ambitiō a going round (of candidates), a striving to please, from ambīre to go round; see ambit]

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ambition
mid-14c., from L. ambitionem (nom. ambitio) "a going around (to solicit votes)," from ambitus, pp. of ambire "to go around" (see ambient). Rarely used in the literal sense in English; the sense of "eager or inordinate desire of honor or preferment" goes back to the Latin.
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