nisus

nisus

[nahy-suhs]
noun, plural nisus.
an effort or striving toward a particular goal or attainment; impulse.

Origin:
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)
 
n , pl -sus
an impulse towards or striving after a goal
 
[C17: from Latin: effort, from nītī to strive]

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