conation

[ koh-ney-shuh n ]
/ koʊˈneɪ ʃən /

noun Psychology.

the part of mental life having to do with striving, including desire and volition.

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Origin of conation

1605–15; < Latin cōnātiōn- (stem of cōnātiō) an effort, equivalent to cōnāt(us) (past participle of cōnārī to try) + -iōn- -ion
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British Dictionary definitions for conation

conation
/ (kəʊˈneɪʃən) /

noun

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

Derived forms of conation

conational, adjective

Word Origin for conation

C19: from Latin cōnātiō an attempting, from cōnārī to try
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Medical definitions for conation

conation
[ kō-nāshən ]

n.

The aspect of mental processes or behavior directed toward action or change and including impulse, desire, volition, and striving.

Other words from conation

cona•tive (nə-tĭv, kŏnə-) adj.
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