[ kon-uh-tiv, koh-nuh- ]
/ ˈkɒn ə tɪv, ˈkoʊ nə- /


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

First recorded in 1680–90; conat(ion) + -ive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for conative


/ (ˈkɒnətɪv, ˈkəʊ-) /


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



1836, from Latin conat-, past participle stem of conari "to endeavor, to try" (see conation) + -ive.

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