cog·​ni·​tive | \ ˈkäg-nə-tiv How to pronounce cognitive (audio) \

Definition of cognitive

1 : of, relating to, being, or involving conscious intellectual activity (such as thinking, reasoning, or remembering) cognitive impairment
2 : based on or capable of being reduced to empirical factual knowledge

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Other Words from cognitive

cognitively adverb

How Should You Use cognitive?

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.

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
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Thus, assigning a particular function to one hemisphere could allow sharks to maintain cognitive function, performing multiple actions simultaneously—such as navigating while also searching for prey—even with relatively smaller brains. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "Climate Changes Is Rewiring Sharks' Brains," 3 Dec. 2018 According to Seattle Children’s, the procedure is often done to preserve cognitive functions, but the hospital had never previously done such a surgery to preserve musical ability. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "A 19-year-old Sang During Brain Surgery so Doctors Could Preserve Her Musical Talent," 19 Nov. 2018 Many studies document that opioids can impair cognitive function and cause drowsiness, the report said. Mary Wisniewski,, "Fatalities linked to 'drugged' driving keep rising: report," 31 May 2018 Given the significance of the producer role, artists and executives may hold a cognitive bias of producers that pulls male. Nicole Pajer, Billboard, "New Report Shows Major Lack of Representation by Women in the Music Industry," 25 Jan. 2018 These explanations range from personality traits to social pressure, cognitive biases, and cultural norms. Sina Esteky, Fortune, "Commentary: The Factor That Could Affect How You Feel About Bitcoin? Your Office.," 23 Jan. 2018 It was even created by someone inspired by his brother with cognitive disabilities, Geoffrey Anderson, according to Mashable. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "Best Dating Apps for Queer and LGBTQ People," 24 Aug. 2018 Only 29 percent of today’s youth even have the cognitive, physical and legal requirements to be considered for induction, according to the U.S. Army Recruiting Command. Jay Mathews, Washington Post, "Why we should celebrate high school grads signing up to defend us," 17 June 2018 To Sleep The new study focused only on the link between sleep duration and longevity, yet sleep loss can also have negative effects on cognitive, behavioral and metabolic health. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Can You Catch Up on Lost Sleep On the Weekends? Here’s What Experts Think," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of cognitive

1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cognitive

borrowed from Medieval Latin cognitīvus "concerned with knowing," from Latin cognitus, past participle of cognōscere "to get to know, acquire knowledge of" + -īvus -ive — more at cognition

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English Language Learners Definition of cognitive

technical : of, relating to, or involving conscious mental activities (such as thinking, understanding, learning, and remembering)


cog·​ni·​tive | \ ˈkäg-nət-iv How to pronounce cognitive (audio) \

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

Other Words from cognitive

cognitively adverb

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