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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).
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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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vel•le•i•ty(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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velleity- Describes a mild desire, wish, or urge that is too slight to lead to action.
See also related terms for slight.
Farlex Trivia Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.
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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|Noun||1.||velleity - a mere wish, unaccompanied by effort to obtain|
|2.||velleity - volition in its weakest form|
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