Definition of conation in English:

conation

Syllabification: co·na·tion
Pronunciation: /kōˈnāSHən
 
/

noun

Philosophy & Psychology
  • The mental faculty of purpose, desire, or will to perform an action; volition.
    More example sentences
    • As mentioned earlier, some psychologists talk about behavioural intention or conation as part of a definition of attitude.
    • The major modification was in the addition of competencies in the domains of affect (which relates to emotion and values) and conation or volition (which relates to will and commitment).
    • Voluntarism is the theory that God or the ultimate nature of reality is to be conceived as some form of will (or conation).

Origin

early 17th century (denoting an attempt or endeavor): from Latin conatio(n-), from conari 'to try'.

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