co·​na·​tus | \ kōˈnātəs, -nät- \
plural conatus

Definition of conatus

: a natural tendency, impulse, or striving : conation used in Spinozism with reference to the inclination of a thing to persist in its own being

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History and Etymology for conatus

New Latin, from Latin, effort, from conatus, past participle of conari to attempt

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“Conatus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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