meditating; contemplating: The cogitative faculty distinguishes humans from animals.
given to meditation; thoughtful: The leaders sat in cogitative silence.

Origin of cogitative

1375–1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin cōgitātīvus, equivalent to cōgitāt(us) (see cogitate) + -īvus -ive
Related formscog·i·ta·tive·ly, adverbcog·i·ta·tive·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cogitative



capable of thinking
Derived Formscogitatively, adverbcogitativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for cogitative

late 15c., from Old French cogitatif (14c.), from Medieval Latin cogitativus, from Latin cogitare (see cogitation).

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