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 (vĕ-lē′ĭ-tē, və-)
n. pl. vel·le·i·ties
1. Weak desire or volition.
2. A slight or weak wish or inclination: "He felt cast out ... divorced from the caprices and the velleities of childhood" (Anita Brookner).

[New Latin velleitās, from Latin velle, to wish; see wel- in Indo-European roots.]
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n, pl -ties
1. the weakest level of desire or volition
2. a mere wish
[C17: from New Latin velleitās, from Latin velle to wish]
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(vəˈli ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. volition in its weakest form.
2. a mere wish, unaccompanied by an effort to obtain it.
[1610–20; < New Latin velleitās= Latin velle to be willing + -itās -ity]
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- Describes a mild desire, wish, or urge that is too slight to lead to action.
See also related terms for slight.
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a very weak or slight impulse of the will; a mere fancy that does not lead to action.
See also: Will
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.velleity - a mere wish, unaccompanied by effort to obtain
wish, wishing, want - a specific feeling of desire; "he got his wish"; "he was above all wishing and desire"
2.velleity - volition in its weakest form
volition, will - the capability of conscious choice and decision and intention; "the exercise of their volition we construe as revolt"- George Meredith
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