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abulia Syllabification: a·bu·li·a
Pronunciation: /əˈbo͞olēə/
(also aboulia)

Definition of abulia in English:


An absence of willpower or an inability to act decisively, as a symptom of mental illness.
Example sentences
  • We report 2 previously non-demented patients who developed acute confusional state, abulia, and moderate cognitive decline after the occurrence of an infarct in the capsular genu.
  • This abulia is really getting to me, I can't figure it out.
  • This self should be free from mental and physical stigmata (suggestibility, amnesia, aboulia, anesthesia, etc.), which commonly characterize the disintegrated states making up multiple personality.


Mid 19th century: coined from a-1 'without' + Greek boulē 'the will'.

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