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Velleity

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Velléity. n.s. [velleïté, Fr. velleitas, from velle, Latin.]

Velleity is the school-term used to signify the lowest degree of desire. Locke.

The wishing of a thing is not properly the willing of it; but it is that which is called by the schools an imperfect velleity, and imports no more than an idle, un-operative complacency in, and desire of the end, without any consideration of the means. South.

Sources: Locke, John (269) · South, Robert (158)

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