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n. pl. nisus
An effort or endeavor to realize an aim.
[Latin nīsus, from past participle of nītī, to strive.]
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n, pl -sus
an impulse towards or striving after a goal
[C17: from Latin: effort, from nītī to strive]
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n., pl. -sus.
a striving toward a particular goal or attainment; effort; impulse.
[1690–1700; < Latin nīsus act of planting the feet, effort, derivative of nīt(ī) to support or exert oneself]
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|Noun||1.||nisus - an effortful attempt to attain a goal|
attempt, effort, try, endeavor, endeavour - earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something; "made an effort to cover all the reading material"; "wished him luck in his endeavor"; "she gave it a good try"
jehad - a holy struggle or striving by a Muslim for a moral or spiritual or political goal
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