One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of or involving conation.
- ‘We are essentially conative beings, striving towards goals.’
- ‘Attitudes are predispositions to act in a particular situation and involve three elements: cognitive, affective, and conative.’
- ‘It has to have some effect: political speech is conative or it is nothing.’
- ‘And, if approval is a conative rather than a cognitive attitude, we might say that she expressed a non-cognitive attitude.’
- ‘It enters into every form of thinking and into many of our conative and emotional attitudes as well.’
Denoting a word or structure that expresses attempted action as opposed to action itself, for example at in he was kicking at the bicycle.
- ‘Additionally, 'break' verbs may appear in the simple intransitive construction while 'cut' verbs may appear in the conative construction.’
- ‘Although they do not explicitly speak of an ingressive imperfect, they do mention the conative imperfect.’
- ‘In Greek, for example, the imperfective sometimes adds the notion of "try to do something" (the so-called conative imperfect).’
Late 19th century: from Latin conat- ‘endeavoured’ (from the verb conari) + -ive.
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