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Friday, August 25, 2017

Definitions for incogitant

  1. thoughtless; inconsiderate.
  2. not having the faculty of thought.

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Citations for incogitant
The bar will blush at this most incogitant woodcock. But see if a draught of Littleton will recover him to his senses. John Milton, Colasterion: A Reply to a Nameless Answer Against "the Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce," 1645
With exaggerated blandness Rhodes stood staring around from the other men's incogitant faces to the Bridegroom's distinctly concentrated expression. Eleanor Hallowell Abbott, "Man's Place," Good Housekeeping, January 1915
Origin of incogitant
Analyzing the composition of incogitant is a little tricky. The Latin negative prefix in- is clear enough (it is related to English un-); the participial ending -ant will be familiar to those who know French or Latin; and many will be familiar with the French philosopher and mathematician René Descartes’ (1596–1650) statement cōgitō ergō sum (“I think therefore I am”). The Latin verb cōgitāre “to think” can be broken down further to co-, a variant of com-, here used as an intensive suffix, and the verb agitāre “to set in motion, drive” (the co- and the a- of agitāre contract into a long ō). Agitāre is a frequentative verb (at least in form) formed from the simple verb agree “to drive (animals), do, make.” Incogitant entered English in the 17th century.