Definify.com

Webster 1913 Edition


Conatus


Co-na′tus

,
Noun.
[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.

Webster 1828 Edition


Conatus

CONATUS

,
Noun.
1.
Effort; attempt.
2.
The tendency of a body towards any point, or to pursue its course in the same line of direction.

Definition 2022


conatus

conatus

See also: conatûs

English

Noun

conatus (plural conatus or conatûs)

  1. An effort, an endeavour, a striving.
  2. A nisus.

Related terms

References

  • ‖Conatus” listed on page 752 of volume II (C) of A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles [1st ed., 1893]
      ‖Conatus (konēi·tɒ̆s). [L.; = effort, endeavour, impulse, f. cōnārī to endeavour.] [¶] 1. An effort, endeavour, striving. [¶; 2 quots.: 1722, 1836; ¶] 2. transf. A force, impulse, or tendency simulating a human effort; a nisus. [¶; 6 quots.: 1665, 1672, 1674, 1730–6, 1802, 1885]

Latin

Etymology

Perfect passive participle of cōnor (try, attempt).

Pronunciation

  • (Classical) IPA(key): /koːˈnaː.tus/, [koːˈnaː.tʊs]

Participle

cōnātus m (feminine cōnāta, neuter cōnātum); first/second declension

  1. tried, attempted, having been tried.

Inflection

First/second declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
nominative cōnātus cōnāta cōnātum cōnātī cōnātae cōnāta
genitive cōnātī cōnātae cōnātī cōnātōrum cōnātārum cōnātōrum
dative cōnātō cōnātō cōnātīs
accusative cōnātum cōnātam cōnātum cōnātōs cōnātās cōnāta
ablative cōnātō cōnātā cōnātō cōnātīs
vocative cōnāte cōnāta cōnātum cōnātī cōnātae cōnāta

Noun

cōnātus m (genitive cōnātūs); fourth declension

  1. attempt, effort
  2. exertion, struggle

Inflection

Fourth declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative cōnātus cōnātūs
genitive cōnātūs cōnātuum
dative cōnātuī cōnātibus
accusative cōnātum cōnātūs
ablative cōnātū cōnātibus
vocative cōnātus cōnātūs

Descendants

References

  • conatus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • conatus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • CONATUS in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • Meissner, Carl; Auden, Henry William (1894) Latin Phrase-Book, London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to persevere in one's resolve: in incepto or conatu perstare
    • to give up one's project: incepto or conatu desistere
  • conatus in Ramminger, Johann (accessed 16 July 2016) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700, pre-publication website, 2005-2016