ap·​pe·​ten·​cy ˈa-pə-tən(t)-sē How to pronounce appetency (audio)
plural appetencies
: a fixed and strong desire : appetite
appetent adjective

Examples of appetency in a Sentence

television commercials create appetency for products that the consumer may not have known even existed

Word History


Latin appetentia, from appetent-, appetens, present participle of appetere

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of appetency was in 1611

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Cite this Entry

“Appetency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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