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[Probably French appétence, from Latin appetentia, from appetēns, appetent-, present participle of appetere, to strive after; see appetite.]
n, pl -tences or -tencies
1. a natural craving or desire
2. a natural or instinctive inclination
3. (Chemistry) an attraction or affinity
[C17: from Latin appetentia, from appetere to crave]
ap•pe•tence(ˈæp ɪ təns)
n., pl. -ten•ces also -ten•cies.
1. strong natural craving.
2. material or chemical attraction.
[1600–10; (< French appétence) < Latin appetentia]
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|Noun||1.||appetence - a feeling of craving something; "an appetite for life"; "the object of life is to satisfy as many appetencies as possible"- Granville Hicks|
craving - an intense desire for some particular thing
stomach - an appetite for food; "exercise gave him a good stomach for dinner"
sweet tooth - a strong appetite for sweet food