- Amnesia is defined as when a person conveniently pretends to not remember something since recalling it only works against them in some manner.
When a teenager tells their parents they will clean up their room, and when called on not doing it they claim to not remember having said such a thing, it is an example of amnesia.
- The definition of amnesia is a medical condition when a person loses his entire memory or part of his memory; it is often caused by being extremely sick or having a brain injury.
An example of amnesia is when a person is in a car accident where they injured their head, and when they wake up at the hospital they can’t remember who they are or anything about their life.
Origin of amnesiaModern Latin from Classical Greek amn?sia, forgetfulness from a-, not + mnasthai, to remember from Indo-European base an unverified form men-, an unverified form mn?-, to think, be alert from source man, Classical Latin mens, mind
Origin of amnesiaGreek amnēsiā forgetfulness probably alteration of amnēstiā from amnēstos not remembered a- not ; see a- 1. mimnēskein mnē- to remember ; see men-1 in Indo-European roots.
- am·ne′si·ac′ am·ne′sic
From modified Latin amnesia, from Ancient Greek ἀμνησία (amnēsia, “forgetfulness”).