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conatus

[koh-ney-tuh s] /koʊˈneɪ təs/
noun, plural conatus.
1.
an effort or striving.
2.
a force or tendency simulating a human effort.
3.
(in the philosophy of Spinoza) the force in every animate creature toward the preservation of its existence.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; < Latin: exertion, equivalent to cōnā() to attempt + -tus suffix of v. action
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British Dictionary definitions for conatus

conatus

/kəʊˈneɪtəs/
noun (pl) -tus
1.
an effort or striving of natural impulse
2.
(esp in the philosophy of Spinoza) the tendency of all things to persist in their own being
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: effort, from cōnārī to try
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