from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as abulia.

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  • noun Alternative spelling of abulia.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a loss of will power


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  • Of course, for accuracy's sake, I should add that Eliot later decided it wasn't neurasthenia at all; rather, he concluded, he'd been hit with "aboulia" from the French, aboulie.

    Domestic strife ...

  • Gussy, the tickler's already eliminated absenteeism, alcoholism and aboulia in numerous urban areas -- and that's just one letter of the alphabet!

    The Creature from Cleveland Depths

  • The dissimilarity of terms and resemblances of ideas has another illustration in the reference to energy and the will; here it is clearly pointed out that the apparent aboulia of the "neurasthenic" is not a lack, but an unfruitful directing of the will while the Viennese school imply the same idea in their doctrine of sublimation.

    The Journal of Abnormal Psychology

  • The latter etymology is confirmed by the words boulesthai, boule, aboulia, which all have to do with shooting (bole): and similarly oiesis is nothing but the movement


  • {Willessness (aboulia or paralysis of will) {often found in psychasthenia; and in depressive

    Applied Psychology for Nurses

  • Neurologist_, 1891; ibid., 1902, p. 263), that in the disturbance of emotional balance caused by grief the primitive instincts become peculiarly apt to respond to stimulus, and that in the aboulia of grief the mind is specially liable to become the prey to obsessions.

    Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 3 Analysis of the Sexual Impulse; Love and Pain; The Sexual Impulse in Women


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