non·​cog·​ni·​tive ˌnän-ˈkäg-nə-tiv How to pronounce noncognitive (audio)
: not cognitive: such as
: not relating to or based on conscious intellectual activity
noncognitive skills
agitation, mood swings, and other noncognitive symptoms
: not based on or capable of being reduced to empirical factual knowledge

Examples of noncognitive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The study’s authors found attending child care had a lasting negative impact on noncognitive skills, things like patience and perseverance. John McCormick, WSJ, 17 Oct. 2021 Along with its dual focus on competence and noncognitive skills, the Academy’s courses are customized to the needs and abilities of individual students. Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1864, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of noncognitive was in 1864

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“Noncognitive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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