Definition of conation in English:


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Philosophy Psychology
  • The mental faculty of purpose, desire, or will to perform an action; volition.

    ‘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).’
    • ‘The quality of striving in learning, which is known as conation is strengthened by the use of the internet as the access to information is increased.’
    • ‘The last includes both free-choice behavior in the apparent absence of biasing information, as done in restricted-choice ESP tests, and conation or striving as is done in PK tests.’



/kōˈnāSH(ə)n/ /koʊˈneɪʃ(ə)n/


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