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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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This view has four principal virtues: (1) it is consistent with traditional semantic theories; (2) it supports a form of motivational judgment intemalism that does justice to externalist intuitions; (3) it illuminates the connection between normative language and normative thought; and (4) it explains how speakers can express different conative states when speaking in different normative domains.
Interventions at the affective and conative level will generate more favorable responses, as long as emphasis is placed on affective and symbolic positioning.
The best assessment for measuring the conative or "doing" part of the mind is the Kolbe Index.
The Conference Keynote, delivered by Thomas C Reeves, Professor Emeritus of Learning, Design, and Technology in the College of Education at the University of Georgia, USA challenged us to think deeply and differently about the important role conative processes play in student success.
Riggs and Gholar (2009) proposed a conative domain related to learning.
Agency, in this sense, was a process through which the conative strivings of the individual were strengthened through positive affective encounters with other extended things.
Ostrom (1969), attitudes are hypothetical constructions that consist of a cognitive component, a conative component (behaviour) and an affective component (feeling).
In fact, such cases are more than merely possible--there are, I contend, actual cases of what we can call complete conative collapse.
The conative or behavioral dimension is related to propensities, interests, intentions and predispositions that one has about an object, in other words, when it comes to the buying behavior, it is the intensity of will and probability of acquiring a product or service (AZJEN; FISHBEIN, 1977; BAGOZZI, 1981).
satisfaction) and a conative (intention or commitment to consume) component (Oliver, 1999) towards a behavioural loyalty concept termed "action loyalty".
This atmobullet shakes with a pulsating velocity, a continuous yet imperceptible movement, a static yet vertiginous drive, quickened by its conative (Spinoza, 2000 denoting the will of a body to carry on becoming; also Bennett, 2010) desire to perpetuate itself.