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  • adj. Of or pertaining to a striving action.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to conation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In psychology, relating to conation; of the nature of conation; exertive; endeavoring.
  • In grammar, expressing endeavor or effort.


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From Latin conatio ("an act of attempting")


  • In these cases we have what Jakobson calls the conative function, what other linguists refer to as the appellative, imperative or directive function.

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  • The index identifies people's natural instincts (or "conative" skills), so they can choose environments and situations where their instinctual style thrives.

    a) Doctor b) Builder c) Cop d) HELP!

  • Meinong based values on feelings and not on desires, and he critically contrasted his kind of emotivism to Ehrenfels™ voluntarism, a more conative, desire-based theory of values.

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  • Meinong's application of the serious/fantasy distinction to all kinds of mental acts (including the affective and conative dimension) may seem too schematic and controversial, but leads to remarkable insights into phenomena like art, into understanding the role of emotions in writing and reading fiction, for example.

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  • And, if approval is a conative rather than a cognitive attitude, we might say that she expressed a non-cognitive attitude.

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  • They must be conative rather than cognitive states, or at the very least be composites to which the non-cognitive component is essential.

    Boys in White Suits

  • Thus Velleman (1999) argues that robust concern views, by understanding love merely as a matter of aiming at a particular end (viz., the welfare of one's beloved), understand love to be merely conative.


  • Nevertheless, they have intentional contents rationally responsive to a broader range of background conative and cognitive states of the experiencer.


  • The answer offered seems to be: in our cognitive/conative reaction to the experience, something like having a desire for it to stop, for instance.


  • They claimed, roughly, that it consists of the experiencer's spontaneous cognitive/conative reactions to their own pain experiences.



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