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n. Psychology
The aspect of mental processes or behavior directed toward action or change and including impulse, desire, volition, and striving.

[Latin cōnātiō, cōnātiōn-, effort, from cōnātus, past participle of cōnārī, to try.]

co·na′tion·al, co′na·tive (kō′nə-tĭv, kŏn′ə-) adj.


(ˈkɒnətɪv; ˈkəʊ-)
1. (Grammar) 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. (Psychology) of or relating to conation
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Similarly, the direct effects of involvement have been examined on both awareness and conative processing (Walraven et al.
That is, to the extent of the considerable diminishing of the phatic and conative functions.
Consumer satisfaction and identity theory: A model of sport spectator conative loyalty.
The Humean theory of motivation divides the psychological states responsible for action into two fundamental classes: states that represent the way the world is, also called cognitive states, and states that motivate, also called conative states.
This paper explores the relationship between the ascription of value to an object and an assessment of conative attitudes taken towards that object.
To achieve this kind of understanding requires a kind of training that goes beyond spontaneous (non-conative) empathic skills, as well as standard conative empathy and common-sense categories.
Probably the verb "orient" is the best contemporary way to keep Spinoza's conative being in the foreground.
Oliver (1999) pointed out that customer loyalty evolves and consists of four stages: cognitive loyalty, affective loyalty, conative loyalty, and action loyalty.
These functions he terms are emotive, referential, poetic, phatic, metalingual, and conative.
In addition to this conservative function, religion also had a creative, conative, dynamic function, as energizer and life giver.
This result agrees with Gronroos (1990), by confirming the importance of this construct to the continuity of a relationship, and also with Oliver (1999), by proposing an understanding of loyalty in phases--in which the greater the commitment, the greater the likelihood of leading affective or conative loyalty to active loyalty.