noun co·na·tus \kōˈnātəs, -nät-\

Definition of conatus



  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of conatus

New Latin, from Latin, effort, from conatus, past participle of conari to attempt — more at deacon

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a trip made at another's expense

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