co·​gi·​to | \ ˈkä-gi-ˌtō How to pronounce cogito (audio) , ˈkō- How to pronounce cogito (audio) , ˈkä-ji- How to pronounce cogito (audio) \

Definition of cogito

1 : the philosophical principle that one's existence is demonstrated by the fact that one thinks
2 : the intellectual processes of the self or ego

Examples of cogito in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Played by Sandler as the cogito-ergo-sum of his ambitions, Howie is in many ways the human embodiment of that Furby, a soul held hopelessly in place by the transactional madness of his reality. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to Watch in Theaters Over Christmas," 23 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of cogito

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cogito

New Latin cogito, ergo sum, literally, I think, therefore I am, principle stated by René Descartes

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Cite this Entry

“Cogito.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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