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[kog-ni-tiv] /ˈkɒg nɪ tɪv/
of or relating to cognition; concerned with the act or process of knowing, perceiving, etc. :
cognitive development; cognitive functioning.
of or relating 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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  • Participants were asked to rate how frequently they engaged in cognitively stimulating activities.
  • We know that children are not yet fully developed cognitively.
  • cognitively advanced, whales have powers of acoustic processing, communication and social intelligence.
  • Others were socially adept but were unprepared cognitively.
  • Besides my obsession with sandwiches there is something else going on here, cognitively speaking.
  • The record is one of animals evolving as their predators and prey became more cognitively powerful.
  • No one wants to be perceived-and perhaps stigmatized-as being brain-damaged or cognitively impaired.
  • They do know what humans are by now, and they do some amazing stuff cognitively in terms of dealing with humans.
  • How they will develop, physically and cognitively, is anyone's guess.
  • The results are preliminary, and the precise dynamic behind this cognitively protective phenomenon remains unknown.
British Dictionary definitions for cognitively


of or relating to cognition
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Word Origin and History for cognitively



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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cognitively 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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