conatus

conatus

[koh-ney-tuhs]
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:
1655–65; < Latin: exertion, equivalent to cōnā() to attempt + -tus suffix of v. action

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conatus (kəʊˈneɪtəs)
 
n , 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
 
[C17: from Latin: effort, from cōnārī to try]

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