- having the ability to know or discover: cognoscitive powers.
Origin of cognoscitive
1630–40; < Latin cognōsc(ere) to know, come to know + -itive
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for cognoscitive
Lastly, all special kinds of acts belong either to the appetitive or to the cognoscitive faculties.
Just as the contemplative life pertains to the cognoscitive powers, so does the active life pertain to the appetitive powers.
But prudence does not pertain to the appetitive powers but rather to the cognoscitive.