[ 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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for conation


/ (kəʊˈneɪʃən) /


the element in psychological processes that tends towards activity or change and appears as desire, volition, and striving
Derived Formsconational, adjective

Word Origin for conation

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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for conation


[ kō-nāshən ]


The aspect of mental processes or behavior directed toward action or change and including impulse, desire, volition, and striving.
Related formscona•tive (nə-tĭv, kŏnə-) adj.
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