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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Conatus  \Co*na"tus\,  n.  [L.,  fr  conatus,  p.  p.  of  conari  to 
  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.