American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Psychology The aspect of mental processes or behavior directed toward action or change and including impulse, desire, volition, and striving.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An endeavor or attempt.
- n. In psychology, voluntary agency, embracing desire and volition.
- n. In sociology, social effort, especially that put forth by a community to transform its environment.
- n. philosophy The power or act which directs or impels to effort of any kind, whether muscular or psychical.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Philos.) The power or act which directs or impels to effort of any kind, whether muscular or psychical.
- From Latin conatio ("an act of attempting") (Wiktionary)
- Latin cōnātiō, cōnātiōn-, effort, from cōnātus, past participle of cōnārī, to try. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Adulthood is often referred to as the point of conation.”
“This can, of course be considered either a specific acceptance, or the more general and important aspect of human maturation called “conation”—the acceptance of responsibility.”
“Especially pp. 111-115 on ˜pro-attitudes™, including pleasure, as explanatory (i.e., involving conation of various kinds, as it seems) and pp. 127-32 on enjoyment.”
“Accordingly our definition of desire becomes ‘conation-for-the-pleasant’: for the word ‘desire’ is the exact equivalent of the words”
“For often those who exhibit the conation do not perceive what is good or pleasant, so that their aim need not be really good or pleasant, but only apparently so.”
“Moreover, in the case of conations, and in any other cases where it applies, see if the word ‘apparent’ is left out, e.g. ‘wishing is a conation after the good’, or”
“ Here I am thinking of will in such a way that it includes not only decision and choice (the executive function of will) but also loves and hates, desire and conation (the affective function of will).”
“HILGARD, E. R. The trilogy of mind: Cognition, affection, and conation.”
“An alien brain, or a cybernetic one like Jaccavrie's, could think; it was aware; it had conation.”
“I suspect what he does is almost instantly to analyze the pattern, identify universals of logic and conation, go on from there to reconstruct the whole mental configuration-as if his nervous system included not only sensitivity to the radiation of others, but an organic semantic computer fantastically beyond anything that Technic civilization has built.”
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