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[Probably French appétence, from Latin appetentia; see appetency.]

ap′pe·tent adj.
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(ˈæpɪtəns) or


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]
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(ˈæp ɪ təns)

also ap′pe•ten•cy,

n., pl. -ten•ces also -ten•cies.
1. strong natural craving.
2. material or chemical attraction.
[1600–10; (< French appétence) < Latin appetentia]
ap′pe•tent, adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.appetence - a feeling of craving somethingappetence - 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
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A strong wanting of what promises enjoyment or pleasure:
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