See also argumentation; ideas; learning; logic; opinion; philosophy; questioning; understanding.
the process of separating a whole into its parts to discover their function, relationship, etc. See also logic
loss or absence of the capacity to express thoughts or ideas by written, spoken, or gesticulated means.
the act of meditation or contemplation.
the faculty of thinking.
a thought; a design or plan. —cogitator
relating to the operation of the mind through logical rather than intuitive thought processes; intellectual activity.
the capacity for, process of, or result of discursive thinking. —dianoetic, adj.
the act of digressing; wandering off the subject.
the process of deducing or inferring. —eductive, adj.
the state of having wandering and imaginative thoughts in order to escape from reality. —escapist, n., adj.
the practice of engaging in activities that enable one to avoid having to deal with reality, as the persistent attendance at science-fiction films, reading of fantasy literature, etc.
excessive concern for facts.
a theory or belief relying heavily on fact. —factualist
the unhampered and uncensored expression of ideas, impressions, etc., passing through the mind of the patiënt, used to permit access to the processes of the unconscious.
a state of dulled mental activity or decrease in the function of thought. Also called hypopsychosis
the process of forming ideas. —ideational, adj.
the process of inferring or deducing; also, that which is inferred or deduced. —illative, adj.
things or matters beyond measure or comprehension.
the process of searching or inquiring; an investigation, especially of an intellectual nature. —indagator
the state of being narrow-minded.
the exercise or use of the intellect.
a particular act or process of the intellect.
understanding solely through the intellect.
thinking. —noetic, adj.
the science of the laws of the mind. —nomologist
the process of darkening or obscuring so as to hinder ready analysis.
a system of mental development exercises.
consideration; careful thought over a matter.
the rational inquiry into the principles and truths of being, nature, knowledge, conduct, etc.
an individual set or system of principles and beliefs. —philosopher, n. —philosophic, philosophical, adj.
a mania for thinking.
an abnormal fear of thinking.
a state of doubt or uncertainty, especially with regard to the choice of alternatives; a dilemma.
the process of logical reasoning or rational thought. —ratiocinative
the conversion of an abstract concept into something concrete; a viewing of the abstract as concrete.
the act of pondering or meditating. —ruminator
the contemplation or consideration of some subject.
an instance of such activity.
a conclusion or opinion reached by such activity.
a conjecture or surmise; a guess. —speculator, n. —speculative, adj.
the excessive use of speculation.
the process of deductive reasoning, as from cause to effect, from the simple elements to the complex whole, etc. See also joining
, synthetical, adj.
the principles or practice of synthesis or synthetic methods or techniques.
abnormally rapid mental activity.
the art of reasoning; logic.