cognitive

[kog-ni-tiv]
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adjective
  1. of or relating to cognition; concerned with the act or process of knowing, perceiving, etc. : cognitive development; cognitive functioning.
  2. of or relating to the mental processes of perception, memory, judgment, and reasoning, as contrasted with emotional and volitional processes.

Origin of cognitive

1580–90; < Medieval Latin cognitīvus, equivalent to Latin cognit(us) known (see cognition) + -īvus -ive
Related formscog·ni·tive·ly, adverbcog·ni·tiv·i·ty, nounnon·cog·ni·tive, adjective
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cognitive

adjective
  1. of or relating to cognition
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Word Origin and History for cognitive
adv.

1580s, from Latin cognit-, past participle stem of cognoscere (see cognizance) + -ive. Taken over by psychologists and sociologists after c.1940. Related: Cognitively.

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cognitive in Medicine

cognitive

[kŏgnĭ-tĭv]
adj.
  1. Of, characterized by, involving, or relating to cognition.
  2. Having a basis in or reducible to empirical factual knowledge.
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