Definition of cognitive
1 : of, relating to, being, or involving conscious intellectual activity (as thinking, reasoning, or remembering) cognitive impairment
2 : based on or capable of being reduced to empirical factual knowledge
Examples of cognitive in a sentence
Homo sapiens' survival is founded in their filling an evolutionary niche referred to as the cognitive niche. —Daniel Grassam, Skeptical Inquirer, July/August 2001
Researchers are debating whether heading balls can dent the cognitive skills of young soccer players for life. —Lisa McLaughlin, Time, 5 June 2000
Further into the forebrain, motor functions trail off and cognitive functions, involving planning and thinking about the future, begin. —Sandra Blakeslee, New York Times, 8 Nov. 1994
Did You Know?
Cognitive skills and knowledge involve the ability to acquire factual information, often the kind of knowledge that can easily be tested. So cognition should be distinguished from social, emotional, and creative development and ability. Cognitive science is a growing field of study that deals with human perception, thinking, and learning.
Origin and Etymology of cognitive
First Known Use: 1586
COGNITIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cognitive for English Language Learners
: of, relating to, or involving conscious mental activities (such as thinking, understanding, learning, and remembering)
Medical Definition of cognitive
: of, relating to, or being conscious intellectual activity (as thinking, reasoning, remembering, imagining, or learning words) the cognitive elements of perception—C. H. Hamburg
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