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conation

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noun co·na·tion \kō-ˈnā-shən\

Definition of conation

  1. :  an inclination (as an instinct, a drive, a wish, or a craving) to act purposefully :  impulse 3

conative play \ˈkō-nə-tiv, ˈkä-, ˈkō-ˌnā-\ adjective


Origin of conation

Latin conation-, conatio act of attempting, from conari to attempt — more at deacon


First Known Use: circa 1837


Medical Dictionary

conation

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noun co·na·tion \kō-ˈnā-shən\

Medical Definition of conation

  1. :  an inclination (as an instinct, a drive, a wish, or a craving) to act purposefully :  impulse 2

conative \ˈkō-nət-iv, -ˌnāt-; ˈkän-ət-\play adjective



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