conation

noun

co·​na·​tion kō-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce conation (audio)
: an inclination (such as an instinct, a drive, a wish, or a craving) to act purposefully : impulse sense 1
conative
ˈkō-nə-tiv How to pronounce conation (audio)
ˈkä-
ˈkō-ˌnā-
adjective

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

circa 1837, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of conation was circa 1837

Dictionary Entries Near conation

Cite this Entry

“Conation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conation. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

conation

noun
co·​na·​tion kō-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce conation (audio)
: an inclination (as an instinct, a drive, a wish, or a craving) to act purposefully : impulse sense 2
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