• synonyms


See more synonyms for cogitative on Thesaurus.com
  1. meditating; contemplating: The cogitative faculty distinguishes humans from animals.
  2. given to meditation; thoughtful: The leaders sat in cogitative silence.
Show More

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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words


Examples from the Web for cogitative

Historical Examples

  • Both were self-taught, but one was intensely active, the other cogitative.

    Buchanan's Journal of Man, February 1887


  • Mr. Rooper walked back to the tavern in a  cogitative state of mind.

    A Chosen Few

    Frank R. Stockton

  • The antithesis would be better expressed in many cases, by the words objective and mental, or objective and cogitative.

  • The discriminate procedure, manifestable by the instruments of knowledge, is called the cogitative.

  • The practical intellect is again divided into the cogitative and the technological.

British Dictionary definitions for cogitative


  1. capable of thinking
  2. thoughtful
Show More
Derived Formscogitatively, adverbcogitativeness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for cogitative


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

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper