cog·​i·​ta·​tion | \ ˌkä-jə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce cogitation (audio) \

Definition of cogitation

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

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Examples of cogitation in a Sentence

as long as there's a national deficit, interplanetary exploration will most likely remain an agreeable cogitation and nothing more
Recent Examples on the Web Warhol was seemingly incapable of spontaneity, some private calculus forever ticking away in his head at a speed different from that of normal cogitation. Gary Indiana, Harper's Magazine, "Always Leave Them Wanting Less," 25 May 2020 Do send us the results of your cogitations in the comments below. Quanta Magazine, "The Road Less Traveled," 3 Sep. 2015 Agree, or disagree, their opinions could stimulate your cogitation. Thomas Fitzgerald,, "Pa. primary election 2018: Voters guide," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of cogitation

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Cogitation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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cog·​i·​ta·​tion | \ ˌkä-jə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce cogitation (audio) \

Kids Definition of cogitation

: careful consideration

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