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Appetency  n.  (pl. appetencies)  
Fixed and strong desire; esp. natural desire; a craving; an eager appetite. "They had a strong appetency for reading."
Specifically: An instinctive inclination or propensity in animals to perform certain actions, as in the young to suck, in aquatic fowls to enter into water and to swim; the tendency of an organized body to seek what satisfies the wants of its organism. "These lacteals have mouths, and by animal selection or appetency the absorb such part of the fluid as is agreeable to their palate."
Natural tendency; affinity; attraction; used of inanimate objects.

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"Appetency" Quotes from Famous Books

... present their respective claims to the place of first importance. Intellectualism would make will merely the concluding phase of thought, while voluntarism would reduce thought to one of the interests of a general appetency. It is evident that idealistic theories will be much concerned with this question of priority. It is also true, though less evident, that intellectualism, since it emphasizes the general and objective ...
— The Approach to Philosophy • Ralph Barton Perry

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