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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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novel is a velleity that survives one's moral failures resulting
We are left with the question: Was his frequent and forceful advocacy of a wider and more equal distribution sincere, or was he merely paying lip service to the principle of laissez-faire, or uttering a modish velleity? Did his reluctance to propose specific redistribution measures amount to a renunciation or self-contradictory denial of his arguments for wider distribution?
To gain such perspectives without velleity or violence, entirely from the felt contact with its objects--this alone is the task of thought.
2--for treatment of the backbite vices attribute, two ways of brief and detailed, for treatment of lie, language imprisonment and speech evaluation; for treatment of traduce, kick back to velleity and back to wisdom and intellect; for the treatment of slander, not listening to the words of each speaker and avoidance of mistrust and a good withdraw; for the treatment of flap about, refering to flap about finally; for the treatment of profanity, remembering the resurrection and thought; for the treatment of ridicule, sequel to this attribute has been proposed by imam imam, peace be upon him.
"Some time ago, I read this term somewhere called velleity. It's the will and desire to do something but not enough action to ever back it up.
If they were puzzling, they were also solid enough--characterful--to deflect the banal velleity that there be a solution-code.
To gain such perspectives without velleity or violence, entirely from felt contact with its objects--this alone is the task of thought.
In an article published in the July 6 New York Times, Wilson had violated the neoconservative one-percent doctrine: If Saddam Hussein ever entertained the merest velleity of attacking our country, we had to invade Iraq and utterly obliterate his regime.