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[koh-ney-shuh n] /koʊˈneɪ ʃən/
noun, Psychology.
the part of mental life having to do with striving, including desire and volition.
Origin of conation
1605-15; < Latin cōnātiōn- (stem of cōnātiō) an effort, equivalent to cōnāt(us) (past participle of cōnārī to try) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged
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the element in psychological processes that tends towards activity or change and appears as desire, volition, and striving
Derived Forms
conational, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Latin cōnātiō an attempting, from cōnārī to try
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Word Origin and History for conation

in philosophical use from 1836, from Latin conationem (nominative conatio) "an endeavoring, effort," noun of action from past participle stem of conari "to endeavor, to try," from PIE *kona-, from root *ken- "to set oneself in motion."

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conation in Medicine

conation co·na·tion (kō-nā'shən)
The aspect of mental processes or behavior directed toward action or change and including impulse, desire, volition, and striving.

co'na·tive (kō'nə-tĭv, kŏn'ə-) adj.
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