plural 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

Word History


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

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“Conatus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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