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dianoia

[dahy-uh-noi-uh]
noun Greek Philosophy.
  1. the mental faculty used in discursive reasoning.
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Origin of dianoia

< Greek diánoia the intellect, a thought, notion, belief, equivalent to dia- dia- + no(eîn) to think + -ia -ia
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British Dictionary definitions for dianoia

dianoia

noun philosophy
  1. perception and experience regarded as lower modes of knowledgeCompare noesis
  2. the faculty of discursive reasoning
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Word Origin

from Greek; see dianoetic
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