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Meaning of CONATUS

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Co*na"tus\, n. [L., fr. conatus, p. p. of conari to
attempt.]
A natural tendency inherent in a body to develop itself; an
attempt; an effort.

      What conatus could give prickles to the porcupine or
      hedgehog, or to the sheep its fleece?    --Paley.

 

 

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