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conative

[kon-uh-tiv, koh-nuh-] /ˈkɒn ə tɪv, ˈkoʊ nə-/
adjective
1.
Psychology. pertaining to or of the nature of conation.
2.
Grammar. expressing endeavor or effort:
a conative verb.
noun
3.
Grammar. a conative word, affix, or verbal aspect.
Origin of conative
1680-1690
1680-90; conat(ion) + -ive
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  • As to sentiments and emotions, they involve ideas and conative elements in addition to sensations and feelings.

  • Man's spirit has to carry all its knowledge and experience into its own conative spiritual potencies.

  • The third Brook of Grace irrigates the conative powers of the self; strengthens the will in all perfection, and energises us anew.

    Ruysbroeck Evelyn Underhill
  • He totally ignores the existence and organisation of the conative side of the mind.

    The Group Mind William McDougall
  • With this "conative act," as the psychologists would call it, the true contemplative life begins.

    Practical Mysticism Evelyn Underhill
British Dictionary definitions for conative

conative

/ˈkɒnətɪv; ˈkəʊ-/
adjective
1.
(grammar) denoting an aspect of verbs in some languages used to indicate the effort of the agent in performing the activity described by the verb
2.
of or relating to conation
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Word Origin and History for conative
adj.

1836, from Latin conat-, past participle stem of conari "to endeavor, to try" (see conation) + -ive.

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