velleity

velleity

[vuh-lee-i-tee]
noun, plural velleities.
1.
volition in its weakest form.
2.
a mere wish, unaccompanied by an effort to obtain it.

Origin:
1610–20; < Neo-Latin velleitās, equivalent to Latin velle to be willing + -itās -ity

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velleity (vɛˈliːɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  the weakest level of desire or volition
2.  a mere wish
 
[C17: from New Latin velleitās, from Latin velle to wish]

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