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conative

Line breaks: cona|tive
Pronunciation: /ˈkɒnətɪv/

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Definition of conative in English:

adjective

1 Philosophy & Psychology Of or involving conation.
2 Grammar Denoting a word or structure that expresses attempted action as opposed to action itself, for example at in he was kicking at the bicycle.

Origin

late 19th century: from Latin conat- 'endeavoured' (from the verb conari) + -ive.

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