- Psychology. pertaining to or of the nature of conation.
- Grammar. expressing endeavor or effort: a conative verb.
- Grammar. a conative word, affix, or verbal aspect.
Origin of conative
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Man's spirit has to carry all its knowledge and experience into its own conative spiritual potencies.An Interpretation of Rudolf Eucken's Philosophy
W. Tudor Jones
As to sentiments and emotions, they involve ideas and conative elements in addition to sensations and feelings.The Psychological Origin and the Nature of Religion
James H. Leuba
The third Brook of Grace irrigates the conative powers of the self; strengthens the will in all perfection, and energises us anew.Ruysbroeck
He totally ignores the existence and organisation of the conative side of the mind.The Group Mind
With this "conative act," as the psychologists would call it, the true contemplative life begins.Practical Mysticism</p>
- grammar denoting an aspect of verbs in some languages used to indicate the effort of the agent in performing the activity described by the verb
- of or relating to conation
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Word Origin and History for conative
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