Meaning of velleity in English:

velleity

Pronunciation /vɛˈliːɪti/

nounvelleities

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

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

Origin

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