Definition of conation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

conation

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//kəˈneɪʃn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kəˈneɪʃn//
 
[uncountable](philosophy, psychology)
 
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a mental process that makes you want to do something or decide to do something Word Origin early 17th cent. (denoting an attempt or endeavour): from Latin conatio(n-), from conari ‘to try’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: conation