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Definition of "cognitive" []

  • Of, characterized by, involving, or relating to cognition: "Thinking in terms of dualisms is common in our cognitive culture” ( Key Reporter). (adjective)
  • Having a basis in or reducible to empirical factual knowledge. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "cognitive" in a sentence
  • "British cognitive psychologist Ros Crawley ­comments: "The idea that women become forgetful and absentminded during pregnancy has become a stereotype in our society, but my own studies have found very little difference in ­­cognitive ­function between women who are or are not ­pregnant.""
  • "Though Freud's waning prestige has weakened tendencies to assume that he had somehow demonstrated the reality of unconscious intentionality, the rise of cognitive science has created a new climate of educated opinion that also takes elaborate non-conscious mental machinations for granted ” the ˜cognitive unconscious.™"
  • "The term "cognitive dissonance" was first applied to this stance - in which bare fact cannot undermine strong contrary belief."