Velleity \vuh-LEE-i-tee\ noun
- a mere wish, unaccompanied by an effort to obtain it.
- volition in its weakest form.
- a wish or inclination not strong enough to lead to action.
- the lowest degree of volition
- a slight wish or tendency
- a mere wish, unaccompanied by effort to obtain
Origin of velleity
Velleity came to English from the New Latin velleitās, which ultimately finds its roots in the Latin velle meaning “to wish.” It entered English in the early 1600s.