conation


co·na·tion

noun \kō-ˈnā-shən\

Definition of CONATION

:  an inclination (as an instinct, a drive, a wish, or a craving) to act purposefully :  impulse 3
co·na·tive \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

co·na·tion

noun \kō-ˈnā-shən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CONATION

: an inclination (as an instinct, a drive, a wish, or a craving) to act purposefully : impulse 2
co·na·tive \ˈkō-nət-iv, -ˌnāt-; ˈkän-ət-\ adjective

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