conatus(redirected from Appetitus)
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n, pl -tus
1. an effort or striving of natural impulse
2. (Philosophy) (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]
a vital force in plants or animals, similar to human effort. See also plants.See also: Animals