noesis

[ noh-ee-sis ]
/ noʊˈi sɪs /

noun

(in Greek philosophy) the exercise of reason.
Psychology. cognition; the functioning of the intellect.

Nearby words

  1. noe,
  2. noegenesis,
  3. noel,
  4. noel-baker,
  5. noemi,
  6. noether,
  7. noether's theorem,
  8. noetic,
  9. noetics,
  10. nofretete

Origin of noesis

1880–85; < Greek nóēsis thought, intelligence, equivalent to noē- (variant stem of noeîn to think) + -sis -sis

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British Dictionary definitions for noesis

noesis

/ (nəʊˈiːsɪs) /

noun

philosophy the exercise of reason, esp in the apprehension of universal formsCompare dianoia
psychol the mental process used in thinking and perceiving; the functioning of the intellectSee also cognition

Word Origin for noesis

C19: from Greek noēsis thought, from noein to think

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Word Origin and History for noesis

noesis

n.

1820, from Greek noesis "intelligence, thought," from noein "to have mental perception," from noos "mind, thought."

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