Definition of appetitive in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈpɛtɪtɪv/


Characterized by a natural desire to satisfy bodily needs: the appetitive behaviour of animals
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  • In reiteration of the second Noble Truth, Buddhism teaches that this is where the mechanism of the karmic process lies: in one's appetitive cravings and desires, one's intentional state of mind.
  • It is part of the mode of presentation characteristic of appetitive desire that the prospective action or experience one thinks of under an evaluative category should tend to dominate one's conscious experience.
  • The greatest good, the genuine good, is not the sum of appetitive desires.


Mid 16th century: from French appétitif or medieval Latin appetitivus, from appetire 'seek after' (see appetite).

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