no·​et·​ic | \ nō-ˈe-tik How to pronounce noetic (audio) \

Definition of noetic

: of, relating to, or based on the intellect

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Noetic derives from the Greek adjective noētikos, meaning "intellectual," from the verb noein ("to think") and ultimately from the noun nous, meaning "mind." (Nous also gave English the word paranoia by joining with a prefix meaning "faulty" or "abnormal.") Noetic is related to noesis, a rare noun that turns up in the field of philosophy and refers to the action of perceiving or thinking. The most notable use of noetic might be in the name of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, a research organization based in California that is devoted to studies of consciousness and the mind.

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Recent Examples on the Web The rules of the game were simple: a Noetic representative introduced the basic concept before giving the floor to experts in each of the technology fields. David Axe, WIRED, "From Bug Drones to Disease Assassins, Super Weapons Rule U.S. War Game," 24 Aug. 2012

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First Known Use of noetic

1653, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for noetic

Greek noētikos intellectual, from noein to think, from nous mind

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“Noetic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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no·​et·​ic | \ nō-ˈet-ik How to pronounce noetic (audio) \

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