[ kog-ni-tiv ]
/ ˈkɒg nɪ tɪv /


of or relating to cognition; concerned with the act or process of knowing, perceiving, etc. : cognitive development; cognitive functioning.
of or relating to the mental processes of perception, memory, judgment, and reasoning, as contrasted with emotional and volitional processes.

Nearby words

  1. cognatic,
  2. cognation,
  3. cognisance,
  4. cognisant,
  5. cognition,
  6. cognitive behavioural therapy,
  7. cognitive development,
  8. cognitive dissonance,
  9. cognitive ethology,
  10. cognitive impairment

Origin of cognitive

1580–90; < Medieval Latin cognitīvus, equivalent to Latin cognit(us) known (see cognition) + -īvus -ive

Related formscog·ni·tive·ly, adverbcog·ni·tiv·i·ty, nounnon·cog·ni·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for noncognitive


/ (ˈkɒɡnɪtɪv) /


of or relating to cognition
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Word Origin and History for noncognitive



1580s, from Latin cognit-, past participle stem of cognoscere (see cognizance) + -ive. Taken over by psychologists and sociologists after c.1940. Related: Cognitively.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for noncognitive


[ kŏgnĭ-tĭv ]


Of, characterized by, involving, or relating to cognition.
Having a basis in or reducible to empirical factual knowledge.

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