Definition of cognition in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌkäɡˈniSH(ə)n/


1The mental action or process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience, and the senses.
Example sentences
  • By metacognition I mean knowledge about cognition itself and control of one's own cognitive processes.
  • The findings from these experiments have been taken to demonstrate the role of cognition in the experience of emotion.
  • In itself the a priori has nothing whatever to do with thinking and cognition.
1.1A result of this; a perception, sensation, notion, or intuition.
Example sentences
  • That makes it at least plausible for a social cognitive premise that views prejudicial or stereotype-laden cognitions as largely unavoidable for most humans.
  • Dissonance occurs when ever a person holds inconsistent cognitions (eg opinions, beliefs or behaviours).
  • The premise is that individuals strive toward consistency between cognitions by changing their opinions or beliefs to make them more consistent with each other.



Pronunciation: /-SHənl/
Example sentences
  • Any philosophy will rest upon the operative methods of cognitional activity, either as correctly conceived or as distorted by oversights and mistaken orientations.
  • A person's answer to these questions will be their cognitional theory, their epistemology, and their metaphysics.
  • This is a logical or cognitional distinction, which does not necessarily reflect anything in the nature of things.


Late Middle English: from Latin cognitio(n-), from cognoscere 'get to know'.

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Syllabification: cog·ni·tion

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