Meaning of nisus in English:

nisus

Pronunciation /ˈnʌɪsəs/

noun

Philosophy
  • Effort, endeavour; (now) especially impulse, tendency.

Origin

Late 17th century; earliest use found in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. From classical Latin nīsus effort, endeavour, tendency from nītī to strive, to exert oneself + -tus, suffix forming verbal nouns.