intense desire; strong natural craving; appetite.
instinctive inclination or natural tendency.
material or chemical attraction or affinity.
For perception in any subject is vain, unless it can desire, and appetence is useless, unless it can move.
North American Medical and Surgical Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3, July, 1826 Various
noun (pl) -tences, -tencies
a natural craving or desire
a natural or instinctive inclination
an attraction or affinity
“strong desire,” c.1600, from French appétence “desire,” from Latin appetentia “longing after something,” noun of state from appetentem (nominative appetens), present participle of appetere, from ad “to” (see ad-) + petere “to seek, request” (see petition (n.)).
. Historical Examples Here he yields nothing, as he owes nothing, to that appetency which binds him to the natural world. The Approach to Philosophy Ralph Barton Perry We shall adopt the word “appetency” to designate the Mentation in plant-life. Dynamic Thought William Walker Atkinson Many young animals evidence little or nothing more than “appetency” […]
intense desire; strong natural craving; appetite. instinctive inclination or natural tendency. material or chemical attraction or affinity. Historical Examples The sentient spirit, that to which transmigratory conditions pertain, is also of two kinds, the appetent and non-appetent. The Sarva-Darsana-Samgraha Madhava Acharya The appetent is the spirit associated with an organism and organs; the non-appetent is […]
a desire for food or drink: I have no appetite for lunch today. a desire to satisfy any bodily need or craving. a desire or liking for something; fondness; taste: an appetite for power; an appetite for pleasure. Contemporary Examples At the time of the flight she had “regained her appetite” and was able to […]
- Appetitive behavior
activity that increases the likelihood of satisfying a specific need, as restless searching for food by a hungry predator (distinguished from ).