Velleity meaning

vĕ-lēĭ-tē, və-
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A mere wish that does not lead to the slightest action.
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Weak desire or volition.
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A slight or weak wish or inclination.
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The weakest kind of desire or volition.
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The lowest degree of desire or volition, with no effort to act.
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A slight wish not followed by any effort to obtain.
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Origin of velleity

  • New Latin velleitās from Latin velle to wish wel-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Medieval Latin velleitās, from Latin velle (“wish, will").

    From Wiktionary