Definition of cognitive in English:


Syllabification: cog·ni·tive
Pronunciation: /ˈkägnətiv


  • Of or relating to cognition.
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    • Wittgenstein sometimes appears to be committed to cognitive relativism as just described.
    • Suppose, then, that a reliable cognitive process is one which is relativized to persons.
    • Kant distinguished between the matter and the form of cognitive experience.



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  • Both count as cognitive values because they make theories cognitively accessible, comprehensible to our finite minds.
  • It is an interesting question whether any cognitively sophisticated, rational, self-conscious agent must experience situations of choice in this way.
  • This is the part of the soul where we find emotions, more complex and cognitively responsive than desires but falling short of the reflective abilities of reason.


late 16th century: from medieval Latin cognitivus, from cognit- 'known', from the verb cognoscere.

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