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nisus

[nahy-suh s] /ˈnaɪ səs/
noun, plural nisus.
1.
an effort or striving toward a particular goal or attainment; impulse.
Origin
1690-1700
1690-1700; < Latin nīsus act of planting the feet, effort, equivalent to nīt(ī) to support or exert oneself + -tus suffix of v. action, with tt > s
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nisus

/ˈnaɪsəs/
noun (pl) -sus
1.
an impulse towards or striving after a goal
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: effort, from nītī to strive
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