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abulia

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noun abu·lia \ā-ˈbü-lē-ə, -ˈbyü-, ə-\

Definition of abulia

  1. :  abnormal lack of ability to act or to make decisions

abulic

play \-lik\ adjective


Did You Know?

I must have a prodigious quantity of mind, Mark Twain once wrote. "It takes me as much as a week, sometimes, to make it up." The indecision Twain laments is fairly common; only when inability to make decisions reaches an abnormal level does it have an uncommon name: abulia. The English term we use today comes from a New Latin word that combines the prefix a-, meaning "without," with the Greek word boulē, meaning "will." Abulia can refer to the kind of generalized indecision that makes it impossible to choose what flavor ice cream you want, though it was created to name a severe medical disorder that can render a person nearly inert.

Origin and Etymology of abulia

New Latin, from 2a- + Greek boulē will


First Known Use: circa 1864


Medical Dictionary

abulia

noun abu·lia

Medical Definition of abulia

  1. :  abnormal lack of ability to act or to make decisions that is characteristic of certain psychotic and neurotic conditions

abulic

also

aboulic

\-lik\play play adjective


Variants of abulia

or

aboulia

\ā-ˈb(y)ü-lē-ə, ə-\play play

Learn More about abulia

  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of abulia Spanish Central: Translation of abulia


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