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  1. of or relating to the mind.
  2. originating in or apprehended by the reason.
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Origin of noetic

1645–55; < Greek noētikós intelligent, equivalent to nóē(sis) noesis + -tikos -tic
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  • The school was called from its liberalism the Noetic school.

  • It is a sort of mental equivalent for them, their epistemological function, their value in noetic terms.

  • Empiricism on the other hand is satisfied with the type of noetic unity that is humanly familiar.


    William James

British Dictionary definitions for noetic


  1. of or relating to the mind, esp to its rational and intellectual faculties
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Word Origin

C17: from Greek noētikos, from noein to think, from nous the mind
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Word Origin and History for noetic


"pertaining to the intellect," 1650s, from Greek noetikos "intelligent," from noesis (see noesis).

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