[ met-uh-kog-nish-uh n ]
/ ˌmɛt ə kɒgˈnɪʃ ən /

noun Psychology.

higher-order thinking that enables understanding, analysis, and control of one’s cognitive processes, especially when engaged in learning.


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Origin of metacognition

First recorded in 1975–80; meta- + cognition

OTHER WORDS FROM metacognition

met·a·cog·ni·tive [met-uh-kog-ni-tiv] /ˌmɛt əˈkɒg nɪ tɪv/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for metacognitive

/ (ˌmɛtəkɒɡˈnɪʃən) /


psychol thinking about one's own mental processes
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