Definition of appetency in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈapɪt(ə)nsi/
(also appetence)

noun (plural appetencies)

1A longing or desire.
Example sentences
  • But he erroneously confounds appetency and volition together as the same functions of one power.
  • Additionally, unaltered sexual appetence following orgasm was accompanied by unchanged concentrations of plasma prolactin in the case subject.
  • So the presence of any object could be no inducement to sin, were there not a constitutional appetency or craving for sin.
1.1A natural tendency or affinity.
Example sentences
  • Rather phylogenetically, he proceeds from a survey of sensory modalities to mental powers of perception, intelligence, appetence, emotion, habit and instinct, ending with a general discussion of mental evolution.
  • The company is distinguished by their quality, design and innovation, by offering in the market not only product, but also concepts, creating appetencies in the consumer.
  • The human mind has a natural appetency for truth.


Early 17th century: from Latin appetentia, from appetere 'seek after' (see appetite).

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