from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, relating to, originating in, or apprehended by the intellect.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Relating to, performed by, or originating in the intellect.
  • In psychology, consciously logical: opposed to hyponoëtie, or unconsciously logical.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to the intellect; intellectual.

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  • adjective Of or pertaining to the mind or intellect.
  • adjective Originating in or apprehended by reason.
  • noun The science of the intellect.
  • noun A purely intellectual entity.

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  • adjective of or associated with or requiring the use of the mind


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[Greek noētikos, from noēsis, understanding; see noesis.]

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From Ancient Greek νοητικός (noētikos), ultimately from νοέω (noeō, "I see, understand")


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  • Brown doesn't mention the "law of attraction" in The Lost Symbol but draws on noetic theory - which he calls noetic "science" - a realm of metaphysics that deals with forms of consciousness typically ignored by mainstream science.

    One-Minute Book Reviews 2009

  • These aspects are: 1. mystical experience consists of pre-rational immediate consciousness or feeling; 2. mystical experience removes the distinction between subject and object; 3. mystical experience is prior to language and is therefore ineffable; and 4. mystical experience dissolves or annihilates the self; 5. mystical experience cannot be sustained, and is therefore transient; 6. mystical experience is nevertheless noetic, that is, it imparts insights about the nature of Reality.

    About religious experience (William James, Schleiermacher etc) Sam Norton 2006

  • In particular the book suffers from an ill-advised fling with something called noetic science, which explores the idea that human consciousness can affect the physical world, thereby providing (as we are reminded twice in the space of half a page) the Top Stories 2009

  • Aristotelian, it drives toward simplification of all knowledge through a kind of noetic bookeeping, anti - iconographic and diagrammatic in form, implemented by the new art of typography.


  • However, the author's "noetic" scientist reports an infinitesimally small difference so, Eureka!

    SYNTAGMA 2010

  • He called for more scientific research into the "the world of inner experience," meaning This new "noetic" science would eliminate the apparent contradiction between the experiential understanding of Hindu, Moslem, and Christian.

    Herescope 2009

  • The remarks at the beginning of this post indicate that certain evangelical leaders were already adopting this worldview, and were even suggesting that theology needed to be reformulated to accommodate this "noetic" science.

    Herescope 2009

  • It is a trap that causes us to be complicit, if not aware, with those who profit from our own noetic despoilation.

    Eric Simpson: The Polarities Of An Occupying Ethos Eric Simpson 2011

  • It is a trap that causes us to be complicit, if not aware, with those who profit from our own noetic despoilation.

    Eric Simpson: The Polarities Of An Occupying Ethos Eric Simpson 2011

  • Words are slaves, noetic myrmidons laboring to interdigitate bolides of inspiration with cosmeticized complacence.

    Learning New Words #2 « Write Anything 2010


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  • As in the sham Institute For Noetic Science in California.

    December 31, 2006

  • Another example to add: "Noetic refers to knowledge that comes to us directly through our subjective experiences or inner authority. This type of knowledge might take the form of an intuition that helps guide your decisions, or an epiphany that leads you to a creative breakthrough. Moreover, noetic experiences often carry an unusual level of authority that can help guide you to new understandings and new ways of being. Noetic experiences thus differ from the kind of knowledge that comes through reason or the objective study of the external world." From p. 4 of Schlitz, M. M., Vieten, C., & Amorok, T. (2007). Living Deeply: The art & science of transformation in everyday life. New Harbringer Publications; Noetic Books: Oakland, CA.

    June 23, 2012

  • In swaddling we’re merely zoetic.

    At school we are coaxed to noetic,

    And if we’re well taught

    And deepen our thought

    We gracefully age to poetic.

    December 9, 2017

  • there was a neat word list someone made that relates to this word: noesis

    December 4, 2020