conation

noun
co·​na·​tion | \ kō-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce conation (audio) \

Definition of conation

: an inclination (such as an instinct, a drive, a wish, or a craving) to act purposefully : impulse sense 1

Other Words from conation

conative \ ˈkō-​nə-​tiv How to pronounce conative (audio) , 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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The first known use of conation was circa 1837

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“Conation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conation. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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conation

noun
co·​na·​tion | \ kō-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce conation (audio) \

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-​ How to pronounce conative (audio) \ adjective

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