noun Greek Philosophy.

the mental faculty used in discursive reasoning.

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


noun philosophy

perception and experience regarded as lower modes of knowledgeCompare noesis
the faculty of discursive reasoning

Word Origin for dianoia

from Greek; see dianoetic
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