[koh-ney-tuh s]
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noun, plural co·na·tus.
  1. an effort or striving.
  2. a force or tendency simulating a human effort.
  3. (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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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conation, conatus

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noun plural -tus
  1. an effort or striving of natural impulse
  2. (esp in the philosophy of Spinoza) the tendency of all things to persist in their own being

Word Origin for conatus

C17: from Latin: effort, from cōnārī to try
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