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2 definitions found
 for velleity
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Velleity \Vel*le"i*ty\, n. [F. vell['e]it['e] (cf. It.
     velleit[`a]), fr. L. velle to will, to be willing.]
     The lowest degree of desire; imperfect or incomplete
     volition. --Locke.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  velleity
      n 1: a mere wish, unaccompanied by effort to obtain
      2: volition in its weakest form

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