cogitation

noun cog·i·ta·tion \ ˌkä-jə-ˈtā-shən \

Definition of cogitation

1 a : the act of cogitating : meditation
b : the capacity to think or reflect
2 : a single thought

Examples of cogitation in a Sentence

  1. as long as there's a national deficit, interplanetary exploration will most likely remain an agreeable cogitation and nothing more

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First Known Use of cogitation

13th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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cogitation

noun cog·i·ta·tion \ ˌkä-jə-ˈtā-shən \

Definition of cogitation for Students

: careful consideration


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