- the part of mental life having to do with striving, including desire and volition.
Origin of conation
Related Words for conationpicture, story, setup, recipe, project, plan, scheme, desire, accord, selection, option, willingness, wish, preference, choice, will, determination, election, discretion, resolution
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In other words, whatever the history of this conation may be, it is now a unity or whole.An Interpretation of Rudolf Eucken's Philosophy
W. Tudor Jones
- the element in psychological processes that tends towards activity or change and appears as desire, volition, and striving
Word Origin 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."
- The aspect of mental processes or behavior directed toward action or change and including impulse, desire, volition, and striving.