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cognitive

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adjective cog·ni·tive \ˈkäg-nə-tiv\

Simple Definition of cognitive

  • : of, relating to, or involving conscious mental activities (such as thinking, understanding, learning, and remembering)

Full Definition of cognitive

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, being, or involving conscious intellectual activity (as thinking, reasoning, or remembering) <cognitive impairment>

  2. 2 :  based on or capable of being reduced to empirical factual knowledge

cog·ni·tive·ly adverb

Examples of cognitive

  1. Homo sapiens' survival is founded in their filling an evolutionary niche referred to as the cognitive niche. —Daniel Grassam, Skeptical Inquirer, July/August 2001

  2. Researchers are debating whether heading balls can dent the cognitive skills of young soccer players for life. —Lisa McLaughlin, Time, 5 June 2000

  3. Further into the forebrain, motor functions trail off and cognitive functions, involving planning and thinking about the future, begin. —Sandra Blakeslee, New York Times, 8 Nov. 1994



Origin of cognitive

(see cognition)


First Known Use: 1586


Medical Dictionary

cognitive

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adjective cog·ni·tive \ˈkäg-nət-iv\

Medical Definition of cognitive

  1. :  of, relating to, or being conscious intellectual activity (as thinking, reasoning, remembering, imagining, or learning words) <the cognitive elements of perception—C. H. Hamburg>

  2. cog·ni·tive·ly adverb




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