Word of the Day: Cognitive


adjective \ˈkäg-nə-tiv\

: of, relating to, or involving conscious mental activities (such as thinking, understanding, learning, and remembering)

Full Definition of COGNITIVE

1:  of, relating to, being, or involving conscious intellectual activity (as thinking, reasoning, or remembering) <cognitive impairment>
2:  based on or capable of being reduced to empirical factual knowledge
cog·ni·tive·ly adverb

Examples of COGNITIVE

  1. Homo sapiens’ survival is founded in their filling an evolutionary niche referred to as the cognitive niche. —Daniel Grassam, Skeptical Inquirer, July/August 2001


(see cognition)


Middle English cognicion, from Anglo-French, from Latin cognition-, cognitio, from cognoscere to become acquainted with, know, from co- + gnoscere to come to know — more at know


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Act or process of knowing. Cognition includes every mental process that may be described as an experience of knowing (including perceiving, recognizing, conceiving, and reasoning), as distinguished from an experience of feeling or of willing. Philosophers have long been interested in the relationship between the knowing mind and external reality; psychologists took up the study of cognition in the 20th century. See also cognitive psychology; cognitive science; philosophy of mind.

First Known Use: 1586


 adjective \ˈkäg-nət-iv\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of COGNITIVE

: of, relating to, or being conscious intellectual activity (as thinking, reasoning, remembering, imagining, or learning words) <the cognitive elements of perception—C. H. Hamburg>
cog·ni·tive·ly adverb
Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary copyright © 2014 by Merriam-Webster, Incorporated

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