- The definition of cognitive is relating to thinking or reasoning.
Processes that require thinking and reasoning are examples of cognitive processes.
- Of, characterized by, involving, or relating to cognition: “Thinking in terms of dualisms is common in our cognitive culture” (Key Reporter).
- Having a basis in or reducible to empirical factual knowledge.
(comparative more cognitive, superlative most cognitive)
From Latin cognitus, perfect passive participle of cognosco (“I know”) + adjective suffix -ivus.
Variant of cognition
- 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