from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Loss or impairment of the ability to make decisions or act independently.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. an abnormally intense inability to make decisions; severe irresolution.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A form of mental derangement in which volition is impaired or lost. Also written aboulia.

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

  • n. a loss of will power


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

New Latin, from Greek abouliā, indecision : a-, without; see a-1 + boulē, will; see gwelə- in Indo-European roots.

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From New Latin, from Ancient Greek ἀβουλία ("irresolution"), from ἀ- (a-, "without") + βουλή (boulē, "will").


  • Domoman: Ribczynski, On your statement about "abulia": I do not find it a problem for dualism that ... nullasalus: ribczynski, "You misquoted me as saying that science had 'proved' that the YEC God does not ... gpuccio: ribczynski: I will wait for your complete answer, and then comment on all.

    Uncommon Descent

  • Please don't let a slight attack of abulia interfere with your next post, article, or hunt that you will write of, and we can dream of.

    Video: Stuff Petzal Likes at the SHOT Show

  • To All: Sorry about being slow with this, but I went from the SHOT Show to the SCI convention, and then had an attack of abulia when I got home.

    Video: Stuff Petzal Likes at the SHOT Show

  • I'm told a stiff drink of Ezra Brooks and a good kick in gluteus maximus will cure abulia with only one or two applications.

    Video: Stuff Petzal Likes at the SHOT Show

  • To Beekeeper: I also have a PhD in quantum physics and am working on a cure for abulia, for which I expect a Nobel Prize.

    Video Blog: Barrel Cooling Done Right

  • Unlike Holden, though, Dwight, who suffers from abulia, a disease characterized by a lack of will or initiative, is too sweetly vague to engage in a critique of the "phony" world around him.

    The Won't-Grow-Up Modern Male

  • Svevo's subject is the weakness of the will, or abulia, and how a dreamy nature has little chance up against the temptations set out by the amazing and obdurate reality of life.

    Humor in Hopelessness

  • Perhaps with H.R. 3962 we have an opportunity to heal ourselves of this abulia by not allowing a fraction of the 13% of abortions that are covered by private insurance to keep us from coming out of the Dark Ages and passing H.R. 3962 for a national health care system.

    Vanessa Carmichael: And Once Again, It's Abortion

  • In its normal and complete form will culminates in an act; but with wavering characters and sufferers from abulia deliberation never ends, or the resolution remains inert, incapable of realization, of asserting itself in practice.

    Essai sur l'imagination créatrice. English

  • Imagination, and abulia, 11; and foresight, 284; anthropocentric, 10; basis of the cosmic process, 75;

    Essai sur l'imagination créatrice. English


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  • The waitress will bring the bill hither

    And cause our composure to wither.

    Not feeble abulia

    But crude dyscalculia

    Will force us to helplessly dither.

    July 30, 2015

  • See also gynoaromabulia, the inability to choose a favorite Spice Girl.

    November 3, 2008

  • a symptom of mental disorder involving impairment or loss of volition.

    January 4, 2007