Definition of velleity in English:

velleity

noun

formal
  • A wish or inclination not strong enough to lead to action.

    ‘the notion intrigued me, but remained a velleity’
    tendency, propensity, proclivity, leaning
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Origin

Early 17th century: from medieval Latin velleitas, from Latin velle ‘to wish’.

Pronunciation

velleity

/vɛˈliːɪti/