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Definition of the noun velleity

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noun - plural: velleities

  1. a mere wish, unaccompanied by effort to obtain
    • lexical domain: Feelings - nouns denoting feelings and emotions
    • more generic words: want / wish / wishing = a specific feeling of desire
  2. volition in its weakest form
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic words: volition / will = the capability of conscious choice and decision and intention

Alternative definition of the noun velleity


  1. The lowest degree of desire or volition, with no effort to act.
  2. A slight wish not followed by any effort to obtain.


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Velleity the lowest degree of volition, a slight wish or tendency.

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Google previewDialogues of Maximus and Themistius (2016)

by Pierre Bayle

A velleity is a sign of some weakness or constraint, but God is not subject to either. What the two-wills distinction amounts to, in Bayle's mind, are the claims that (1) God willed that Adam and Eve sin, and (2) God willed that Adam and Eve ...

Google previewThe Human Mind (2013)

and other creations of language by John Jackson

Velleity is the name of the concept appropriately applied to many of ...

Google previewIn Him Alone Is Our Hope (2013)

The Church According to the Heart of Pope Francis. by Pope Francis

Velleity is the lowest form of volition: a wish or inclination not strong enough to lead to action. —Ed. 20 Acedia is a state of spiritual torpor characterized by discouragement boredom, sloth, and distaste for prayer. —Ed. 21 The author ...

Google previewAlms for Oblivion (1967)

by Edward Dahlberg

Velleity is the principal reason for human perversity. Sick books beget far more ailing ones just as potently as Abraham begat Isaac, and Isaac Jacob. Moreover, Melville's solitude was, in part, willful. As Sir Francis Bacon explains: "those that ...

Google previewOrigins and Doctrine of Fascism (2011)

With Selections from Other Works by Giovanni Gentile

Velleity is the expression of a will directed toward a goal that is absolutely or relatively impossible to achieve.

Google previewAnti-Theory in Ethics and Moral Conservatism

by Stanley G. Clarke, Evan Simpson

There is also a distinction between a serious desire and a mere velleity. This is related to, but not identical with, the first distinction. A velleity is a desire that persists only until obstructed: ...

Google previewNarrative Surface (2009)

The term velleity refers to a mere wish, an inclination or tendency, but never accompanied by the requisite effort and it is the antithesis of construct. If you want to use the timber made from that tree you not only need an axe, but you need the ...

Google previewUniversity Magazine (1859)

A Literary and Philosophic Review

Velleity is an imperfect and suspended motion of the will, or a vague impulse, which tends to a good without any deliberate intention of pursuing it, as when we wish for things impossible; volition is a full and perfect motion of the will, or an ...

Google previewThe Dublin University Magazine (1859)

Velleity is an imperfect and suspended motion of the will, or a vague impulse, which tends to a good without any deliberate intention of pursuing it, as when we wish for things impossible; volition is a full and perfect motion of the will, or an ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; or, Universal dictionary of Knowledge. [With] Supp (1816)

by Encyclopaedia Perthensis

Velleity is the school-term used to "ify the lowest degree of desire. Locke. — The »ing of a thing is not properly ...

Google previewDictionary of Early English (1955)

by Joseph T. Shipley

velleity. A wish or desire without any accompanying effort to realize it; the fact or quality of merely wishing for a thing.

Google previewReading the Oxford English Dictionary (2008)

One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages by Ammon Shea

also see: quomodocunquize Velleity (n.) A mere wish or desire for ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of Difficult Words (2004)

by Archie Hobson

velleity. vellum 456 verbalize verbatim 457 vertex ofverbaliziiig about art. 3. ing, and comedy:[as adj.] a variety show. 2 a taxonomic category that ranks below subspecies (where present) or species, its members differing from others of the ...

Google previewAn Etymological Dictionary of Modern English (2012)

by Ernest Weekley

velleity [archaic]. MedL. velleitas, coined after voluntas, from velle, to wish; cf. F. velléité, weak impulse. velleity, or woulding: velleitas (Litt.). vellum. F. vélin, from OF. vel, calf (see veal).

Google previewPrinciples of speech and dictionary of sounds (1900)

by Alexander Melville Bell

1-2 Being, seeing, zeine, deity, theism, deism, cuneiform, deicide, corporeity, nereid, howbeit, seity, spontaneity, velleity, reiterate, atheist. Vowels 1-3 Create, creator, re-agent, enunciation, verbiage, ideate, permeate, affiliation, 90 QUANTITY, ...

Google previewFowler's Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage (2016)

by Jeremy Butterfield

are still in use: claustration coriaceous edulcorate evasible idoneous infraction straticulate tergiversation velleity enclosure, confinement like leather purify able to be ...

Google previewRandom House Webster's Rhyming Dictionary (2008)

by Random House

-eity, deity; velleity; corporeity, spontaneity, synchroneity; diaphaneity ...

Google previewDictionary of Psychology (2000)

Value system Velleity Value system. A culturally based group of values held by an individual usually underlying clusters of attitudes. Vanity. Excessive, often unrealistic self-satisfaction. Variability. 1. Ability of an individual, situation, or species ...

Google previewEncyclopædia Metropolitana; Or, Universal Dictionary of Knowledge ... (1845)

Comprising the Twofold Advantage of a Philosophical and an Alphabetical Arrangement, with Appropriate Engravings by Edward Smedley, Hugh James Rose, Henry John Rose

VELLEITY, n. Fr. relleité; It. velleita ; Lat. velleitas, from celle, to will. See the Quotation from Hammond in v.

Google previewDictionary of the Synonymous Words and Technical Terms in the English Language (1817)

by James Leslie (of Edinburgh.)

Oraison, or orison, velleity; wish, appetite. WITCHCRAFT. s. A preservation against witchcraft hung on any part of the body by way of charm, phylactery. WITCHES. s. Lamiae, hags; witches supposed to fly through the air, volatica, ( Bailey.) ...

Google previewDictionary of Philosophy and Psychology (1911)

Including Many of the Principal Conceptions of Ethics, Logic ... by James Mark Baldwin

Velleity [Lat. wile, to be willing]: Ger.

Google previewA Dictionary of the English Language ... Abstracted from the folio edition of the author ... Fourteenth edition, corrected, etc (1815)

by Samuel Johnson

That power by which we desire and purpose; velleity. Hooker. 2. Choice; arbitrary determination. Locke. 3. Discretion; choice. Pope. 4. Command; direction. Eccles. 5. Disposition; inclination; desire. Shak.

Google previewA Complete Dictionary of the English Language, Both with Regard to Sound and Meaning (1790)

by Thomas Sheridan

- VELLEITY, vēl-lès-it-y. s. The lowest degree of desire. To VELLICATE, vél'-ly-kāte. v. a. To twitch, to pluck, to act by stimulation. VELLICATION, vēl-ly-kā-shūn. s. Twitching, stimulation. VELLUM, vél'-lúm. s.

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Scrabble value of V4E1L1L1E1I1T1Y4

The value of this 8-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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