- 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.
cognition definition by Webster's New World
- the process of knowing in the broadest sense, including perception, memory, and judgment
- the result of such a process; perception, conception, etc.
Origin: Middle English cognicioun ; from Classical Latin cognitio, knowledge ; from cognitus, past participle of cognoscere, to know ; from co-, together plush gnoscere, know
cognition definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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: Middle 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.
- cog·niˈtion·al adjective
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