- an effort or striving.
- a force or tendency simulating a human effort.
- (in the philosophy of Spinoza) the force in every animate creature toward the preservation of its existence.
Origin of conatus
1655–65; < Latin: exertion, equivalent to cōnā(rī) to attempt + -tus suffix of v. action
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Examples from the Web for conatus
Conatus est omne divortium inter regiam majestatem et reginam dissuadere.History of the Reformation in the Sixteenth Century, Volume V
J. H. Merle d'Aubigné
Strange that this great length of time should not have produced even one new organ, or the marks of a conatus to produce one.The Religion of Geology and Its Connected Sciences
- an effort or striving of natural impulse
- (esp in the philosophy of Spinoza) the tendency of all things to persist in their own being
C17: from Latin: effort, from cōnārī to try