conation

noun co·na·tion \ kō-ˈnā-shən \

Definition of conation

: an inclination (such 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 and Etymology of conation

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


Medical Dictionary

conation

noun co·na·tion \ kō-ˈnā-shən \

medical Definition of conation

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

conative

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

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