View synonyms for cogitation


[ koj-i-tey-shuhn ]


  1. concerted thought or reflection; meditation; contemplation:

    After hours of cogitation he came up with a new proposal.

  2. the faculty of thinking:

    She was a serious student and had a great power of cogitation.

  3. a thought; design or plan:

    to jot down one's cogitations.

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Other Words From

  • precog·i·tation noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of cogitation1

1175–1225; Middle English cogitaciun < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin cōgitātiōn- (stem of cōgitātiō ), equivalent to cōgitāt ( us ) ( cogitate ) + -iōn- -ion

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Example Sentences

Let every man have his “cogibundity of cogitation,” and let people suit themselves about the names of their churches.

After much cogitation they decided that Maud should send him a death-bed message, in which she was to own that she loved him.

It then looked at the hand as if the latter had done it on purpose and became sunk in profound cogitation.

The youth leaned against the side of the apartment a brief while longer in intense cogitation, and then sighed.

The end of this private cogitation was a vague impatience of all the things his venerable host took for granted.