- (Lat., trying) Conative aspects of the mind are those associated with the initiation of action.
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Conation — is a term that stems from the Latin conatus, meaning any natural tendency, impulse, striving, or directed effort. It is one of three parts of the mind, along with the affective and cognitive. In short, the cognitive part of the brain measures… … Wikipedia
Conation — Co*na tion, n. [L. conatio.] (Philos.) The power or act which directs or impels to effort of any kind, whether muscular or psychical. [1913 Webster] Of conation, in other words, of desire and will. J. S. Mill. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
conation — [ kɔnasjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1922; lat. conatio « tentative, effort » ♦ Philos., psychol. Impulsion déterminant un acte, un effort quelconque. conation [kɔnɑsjɔ̃] n. f. ÉTYM. XXe; lat. conatio « tentative, effort ». ❖ ♦ Didact. (philos., psychol.).… … Encyclopédie Universelle
conation — index conatus Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
conation — in philosophical use from 1836, from L. conationem (nom. conatio) an endeavoring, effort, noun of action from conat , pp. stem of conari to endeavor, to try, from PIE *kona , from root *ken to set oneself in motion … Etymology dictionary
conation — *will, volition Analogous words: *effort, exertion: *action, act: *choice, selection, option … New Dictionary of Synonyms
conation — [kō nā′shən] n. [L conatio, an attempt < pp. of conari, to undertake, attempt < IE base * ken , to strive] Psychol. any inclination, drive, or desire to do something conational [kōnā′shə nəl] adj … English World dictionary
cœnation — var. of cenation, Obs … Useful english dictionary
conation — noun Etymology: Latin conation , conatio act of attempting, from conari to attempt more at deacon Date: circa 1837 an inclination (as an instinct, a drive, a wish, or a craving) to act purposefully ; impulse 3 • conative adjective … New Collegiate Dictionary
conation — /koh nay sheuhn/, n. Psychol. the part of mental life having to do with striving, including desire and volition. [1605 15; < L conation (s. of conatio) an effort, equiv. to conat(us) (ptp. of conari to try) + ion ION] * * * … Universalium
conation — noun The power or act which directs or impels to effort of any kind, whether muscular or psychical. Any pleasing sense experience, when it has once taken place, will, on subsequent occasions, give rise to a conation, when its conditions are only… … Wiktionary