- The definition of cognition is the mental process of thinking and understanding and the understanding that comes from this mental process.
An example of cognition is the thought process you undergo when you learn how to do a new math problem for the first time.
- the process of knowing in the broadest sense, including perception, memory, and judgment
- the result of such a process; perception, conception, etc.
Origin of cognitionMiddle English cognicioun ; from Classical Latin cognitio, knowledge ; from cognitus, past participle of cognoscere, to know ; from co-, together + gnoscere, know
- The mental process of knowing, including aspects such as awareness, perception, reasoning, and judgment.
- That which comes to be known, as through perception, reasoning, or intuition; knowledge.
Origin of cognitionMiddle English cognicioun, from Latin cognitiō, cognitiōn-, from cognitus, past participle of cognōscere, to learn : co-, intensive pref.; see co– + gnōscere, to know; see gnō- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural cognitions)
From Middle English cognicion, from Latin cognitio (“knowledge, perception, a judicial examination, trial”), from cognitus, past participle of cognoscere (“to know”), from co- (“together”) + *gnoscere, older form of noscere (“to know”); see know, and compare cognize, cognizance, cognizor, cognosce, connoisseur.