nous

5 ENTRIES FOUND:

nous

noun

: the intelligence and ability to make good judgments and decisions

Full Definition of NOUS

1
\ˈnüs also ˈnas\ :  mind, reason: as
a :  an intelligent purposive principle of the world
b :  the divine reason regarded in Neoplatonism as the first emanation of God
2
\ˈnas\ chiefly British :  common sense, alertness

Examples of NOUS

  1. <an Oxford don who was long on erudition but a little short on everyday nous>

Origin of NOUS

Greek noos, nous mind
First Known Use: 1678

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