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 sense 3

Other Words from conation

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

First Known Use of conation

circa 1837, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for conation

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

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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 sense 2

Other Words from conation

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

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