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1. An instinctive physical desire, especially one for food or drink.
2. A strong wish or urge: an appetite for learning.
3. A collective demand: America's appetite for fossil fuels.

[Middle English apetit, from Old French, from Latin appetītus, strong desire, from past participle of appetere, to strive after : ad-, ad- + petere, to seek; see pet- in Indo-European roots.]

ap′pe·ti′tive (ăp′ĭ-tī′tĭv, ə-pĕt′ĭ-tĭv) adj.
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Adj.1.appetitive - of or relating to appetiteappetitive - of or relating to appetite; "appetitive needs"
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it is its [soul's] nature to be moved appetitively towards the good (Epictetus, Discourses 3.
Using in vitro brain preparations, Teyke and Gelperin (1999) demonstrated that if LFP oscillations were suppressed by an NOS inhibitor, the slugs could no longer discriminate between two slightly different odors, one of which the slugs were appetitively conditioned to.
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