noun au·to·no·e·sis \ˌȯ-tə-nə-ˈwē-səs\

Definition of autonoesis


  1. :  awareness of one’s own existence as an entity in time :  autonoetic consciousness Autonoesis refers to the kind of conscious awareness that characterizes conscious recollection of personal happenings. — Endel Tulving, in The Missing Link in Cognition: Origins of Self-Reflective Consciousness, 2005

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Origin and Etymology of autonoesis

1auto- + noesis (after autonoetic)

First Known Use: 1985

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a brief usually trivial fact

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