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[kog-ni-tiv] /ˈkɒg nɪ tɪv/
of or pertaining to the act or process of knowing, perceiving, remembering, etc.; of or relating to cognition:
cognitive development; cognitive functioning.
of or pertaining to the mental processes of perception, memory, judgment, and reasoning, as contrasted with emotional and volitional processes.
1580-90; < Medieval Latin cognitīvus, equivalent to Latin cognit(us) known (see cognition) + -īvus -ive
Related forms
cognitively, adverb
cognitivity, noun
noncognitive, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cognitive
  • Researchers have been aware of the surprising cognitive abilities of these crows for some years now.
  • Under time pressure, negotiators tend to rely more on stereotypes and cognitive shortcuts.
  • But they also say it provides a platform on which more complex cognitive tasks can take place relatively easily.
  • At a higher cognitive level, you might be comparing what you read with your own experiences.
  • But the procedure is invasive and carries risk of side effects such as depression and cognitive dysfunction.
  • cognitive radio in general suffers from the deficiency that it cannot protect spectrum users it doesn't recognize.
  • Touch typing is an example of cognitive automaticity, the ability to do things without conscious attention or awareness.
  • But a doctor would probably suffer cognitive overload if he/she had to process that full complexity for each patient.
  • Researchers link these proteins to changes in humans' cognitive development, physiology and metabolism.
  • The patients with a severe cognitive deficit, in contrast, can't restrict their search.
British Dictionary definitions for cognitive


of or relating to cognition
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Word Origin and History for cognitive

1580s, from Latin cognit-, past participle stem of cognoscere (see cognizance) + -ive. Taken over by psychologists and sociologists after c.1940. Related: Cognitively.

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cognitive in Medicine

cognitive cog·ni·tive (kŏg'nĭ-tĭv)

  1. Of, characterized by, involving, or relating to cognition.

  2. Having a basis in or reducible to empirical factual knowledge.

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