Share this entry

Share this page

velleity

Line breaks: vel|le¦ity
Pronunciation: /vɛˈliːɪti
 
/

Definition of velleity in English:

noun (plural velleities)

formal
A wish or inclination not strong enough to lead to action: the notion intrigued me, but remained a velleity

Origin

early 17th century: from medieval Latin velleitas, from Latin velle 'to wish'.

Definition of velleity in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day emulous
Pronunciation: ˈɛmjʊləs
adjective
seeking to emulate someone or something