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  1. having the ability to know or discover: cognoscitive powers.
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Origin of cognoscitive

1630–40; < Latin cognōsc(ere) to know, come to know + -itive
Related formscog·nos·ci·tive·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for cognoscitive

Historical Examples

  • Lastly, all special kinds of acts belong either to the appetitive or to the cognoscitive faculties.

    On Prayer and The Contemplative Life

    St. Thomas Aquinas

  • Just as the contemplative life pertains to the cognoscitive powers, so does the active life pertain to the appetitive powers.

  • But prudence does not pertain to the appetitive powers but rather to the cognoscitive.