ap·​pe·​ten·​cy | \ ˈa-pə-tən(t)-sē How to pronounce appetency (audio) \
plural appetencies

Definition of appetency

: a fixed and strong desire : appetite

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appetent \ ˈa-​pə-​tənt How to pronounce appetent (audio) \ adjective

Examples of appetency in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of appetency

1611, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for appetency

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

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The first known use of appetency was in 1611

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“Appetency.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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