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[ thing-king ]
/ ˈθɪŋ kɪŋ /


rational; reasoning: People are thinking animals.
thoughtful; reflective: Any thinking person would reject that plan.


thought; judgment, reflection: clear thinking.


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Nearby words

think up, think-tank, thinkable, thinker, thinker, the, thinking, thinking cap, thinking through, thinkingly, thinkpiece, thinly

Origin of thinking

1250–1300; Middle English thenking (noun). See think1, -ing2, -ing1
Related formsthink·ing·ly, adverbnon·think·ing, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for non-thinking

  • All grades of feeling and believing, thinking and non-thinking, are in the books and periodicals that you find in this store.

    Discourses of Keidansky|Bernard G. Richards
  • The result is that the populace loses its humanity and becomes a non-thinking mass.

    After the Rain|Sam Vaknin
  • He was a slow-thinking, even a non-thinking agent, but in a contingency he could fight, still without thinking.

    The Missourian|Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
  • I got myself lined up nice and straight with the bird and did my first bit of non-thinking.

British Dictionary definitions for non-thinking


/ (ˈθɪŋkɪŋ) /


opinion or judgment
the process of thought


(prenominal) using or capable of using intelligent thoughtthinking people
put on one's thinking cap to ponder a matter or problem
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medicine definitions for non-thinking


[ thĭngkĭng ]


The act or practice of a person who thinks; thought.


Characterized by thought or thoughtfulness; rational.
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