Word Of The Day 4-26-2017


Popularity: Bottom 40% of words 


plural velleities

the lowest degree of volition
a slight wish or tendency :  inclination
a wish you have — a wish that you aren’t working to make come true.


If you have a velleity to run a marathon, the marathon sounds like a good idea — but you probably aren’t going to start training.

Velleity is what keeps companies locked in this mindset of reporting useless numbers. — Matt Bailey, marketing writer

Friedrich Nietzsche describes the velleity of an artist as a “desire to be ‘what he is able to represent, conceive, and express

Did You Know?

Allow us, if you will, to volunteer our knowledge about “velleity.” It is a derivative of the New Latin noun velleitas, from the Latin verb velle, meaning “to wish or will.” You might also wish to know that “velle” is the word that gave us “voluntary” (by way of Anglo-French voluntarie and Latin voluntarius) and “volunteer” (by way of French voluntaire). While both of those words might imply a wish to do something (specifically, to offer one’s help) and the will to act upon it, the less common “velleity” refers to a wish or inclination that is so insignificant that a person feels little or no compulsion to act.


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