Cognition definition

kŏg-nĭshən
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The mental process of knowing, including awareness, perception, reasoning, and judgment.
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That which comes to be known, as through perception, reasoning, or intuition; knowledge.
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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.

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The result of such a process; perception, conception, etc.
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The mental process of knowing, including aspects such as awareness, perception, reasoning, and judgment.
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The process of knowing in the broadest sense, including perception, memory, and judgment.
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That which comes to be known, as through perception, reasoning, or intuition; knowledge.
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The mental process of knowing, including aspects such as awareness, perception, reasoning, and judgment.
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(countable) A result of a cognitive process.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
cognition
Plural:
cognitions

Origin of cognition

  • Middle English cognicioun from Latin cognitiō cognitiōn- from cognitus past participle of cognōscere to learn co- intensive pref. co– gnōscere to know gnō- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary