from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. The part of mental functions that deals with logic, as opposed to affective which deals with emotions.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Knowing, or apprehending by the understanding.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Capable of cognition; learning; knowing.
  • Pertaining to cognition: as, the cognitive faculties.
  • n. In grammar, a particular form of a root word, expressing recognition or knowledge.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or being or relating to or involving cognition


From Latin cognitus, perfect passive participle of cognosco ("I know") + adjective suffix -ivus. (Wiktionary)


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  • We see what we call cognitive constriction within the clinical field, which is - it's sort of like tunnel vision, an inability to solve problems and to kind of think of options and select a solution that would be optimal.

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  • In the late '70s, Ulric Neisser, the pioneering researcher who coined the term cognitive psychology, launched a broad attack on the approach of Ebbinghaus and his scientific kin.

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