cognition

[ kog-nish-uh n ]
/ kɒgˈnɪʃ ən /

noun

the act or process of knowing; perception.
the product of such a process; something thus known, perceived, etc.

Nearby words

  1. cognate object,
  2. cognatic,
  3. cognation,
  4. cognisance,
  5. cognisant,
  6. cognitive,
  7. cognitive behavioural therapy,
  8. cognitive development,
  9. cognitive dissonance,
  10. cognitive ethology

Origin of cognition

1375–1425; late Middle English cognicioun < Latin cognitiōn- (stem of cognitiō), equivalent to cognit(us), past participle of cognōscere (co- co- + gni-, variant stem of gnōscere, nōscere, to learn (see know1) + -tus past participle suffix) + -iōn- -ion

Related formscog·ni·tion·al, adjectivenon·cog·ni·tion, nounself-cog·ni·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for cognition

cognition

/ (kɒɡˈnɪʃən) /

noun

the mental act or process by which knowledge is acquired, including perception, intuition, and reasoning
the knowledge that results from such an act or process
Derived Formscognitional, adjective

Word Origin for cognition

C15: from Latin cognitiō, from cognōscere from co- (intensive) + nōscere to learn; see know

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Word Origin and History for cognition

cognition

n.

mid-15c., "ability to comprehend," from Latin cognitionem (nominative cognitio) "a getting to know, acquaintance, knowledge," noun of action from past participle stem of cognoscere (see cognizance).

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Medicine definitions for cognition

cognition

[ kŏg-nĭshən ]

n.

The mental faculty of knowing, which includes perceiving, recognizing, conceiving, judging, reasoning, and imagining.

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Science definitions for cognition

cognition

[ kŏg-nĭshən ]

The mental process of knowing, including awareness, perception, reasoning, and judgment.
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