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conation

Pronunciation: ko-na'shun

Definition: 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]

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