circa 1837, in the meaning defined above
Latin conation-, conatio act of attempting, from conari to attempt — more at deacon
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“Conation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conation. Accessed 11 May. 2021.
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