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Word of the Day
Tuesday, December 16, 2003

Definitions for velleity

  1. Volition in its weakest form.
  2. A mere wish, unaccompanied by an effort to obtain it.

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Citations for velleity
Fortunately it did no more than stress, the better to mock if you like, an innate velleity. Samuel Beckett, Molloy
My guess is that instead of being men of decision we are in reality men of velleity. Thomas Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander
Origin of velleity
Velleity stems from the Latin word velle which meant "to be willing." The suffix -ity is used for abstract nouns.