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 partially repeated...

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  • Conation — is a term that stems from the Latin conatus, meaning any natural tendency, impulse, striving, or directed effort.[1] 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

  • 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 — The conscious tendency to act, usually an aspect of mental process; historically aligned with cognition and affection, but more recently used in the wider sense of impulse, desire, purposeful striving. [L. conatio, an undertaking, effort] * * *… …   Medical dictionary