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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 the spirit apart from organism and organs.
The Sarva-Darsana-Samgraha Madhava Acharya

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.)).


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