Definition: Cognition

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From Middle English cognicion, from Latin cognitio (knowledge, perception, a judicial examination, trial), from cognitus, past participle of cognoscere (to know), from co- (together) + *gnoscere, older form of noscere (to know).


cognition (countable and uncountable, plural cognitions)

  1. The process of knowing, of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought and through the senses.
  2. A result of a cognitive process.

Derived terms

  • cognite
  • cognitologist
  • cognitology
  • hypocognition
  • implicit cognition
  • metacognition
  • precognition
  • recognition

Related terms

  • cognitive
  • cognometrics
  • cognizant
  • recognize


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