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What Does Conative Mean


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


Of or pertaining to a striving action.

The conative, as opposed to the cognitive or affective, relates to purposeful, but not necessarily ultimately rational, action.


Of or pertaining to conation.

This division of mind into the three great classes of the cognitive faculties, the feelings, . . . and the exertive or conative powers, . . . was first promulgated by Kant.

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