uh BYOO lee uh
(You can also say the first syllable as "AY"
and/or the second syllable as "BOO.")
Part of speech:
(Like “milk,” “rice,” and “education,” uncountable nouns are words for stuff that can’t be broken into exact units. You talk about “some milk,” “the rice,” and “a lot of education,” but you don’t say “a milk,” “three rices,” or “many educations.”
Likewise, talk about “the abulia,” “such abulia,” “a lot of abulia,” “no abulia,” and so on, but don’t say “abulias.”)
In a medical context, "abulia" is a mental disorder in which you have a lot of trouble making choices and taking actions.
More loosely, "abulia" is an extreme form of indecision or inactivity. If you're feeling extremely stuck and you aren't taking action or deciding what to do, you're seized by abulia.
abulic (the adjective)
A note on roots:
"Abulia" was formed from Greek roots: "a," meaning "not," and "boule," meaning "will," as in "volition." I mention that because it helps you remember that abulia isn't simply about not making choices or not taking action; it goes pretty deep, as if the abulic person has no internal strength or focus to choose something or even want something.
How to use it:
Admittedly, this is a rare word, but why should it be when it's so useful?
Talk about suffering from abulia, being seized by abulia, being immobilized by abulia, being bogged down in abulia, shaking off the abulia brought on by too many options, and so on. You can also use it possessively: my abulia, her abulia, their abulia. For the adjective, talk about feeling abulic, remaining abulic, going through an abulic period, etc.
I kind of think of myself as a go-getter, but Steve, who recently said he's building his business like an army to gain full control of resources, makes me look absolutely abulic by comparison.
I have to have a system for picking words for Make Your Point, so I go in alphabetical order, hopping to a new letter each day. Otherwise I'd be so overwhelmed by all the words I want to cover that I'd get mired in abulia and write nothing.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "abulia" means when you can explain it without saying “indecision" or "failure to act."
Think of a few situations in which it's really hard for you to make a choice, either seriously or jokingly, and fill in the blanks: "For me, _____ causes indecision, but _____ induces full-blown abulia."
Example: "For me, the flavor list at the shaved ice place causes indecision, but the menu at a Tex-Mex restaurant induces full-blown abulia."
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1. The opposite of ABULIA is
2. _____ made us wonder if he was suffering from abulia.
A. The scattered way in which he'd pick up one project only to abandon it for another
B. The letters he wrote to his family every single day he was at camp
C. The way he sat in his chair staring out the window until addressed
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