[kog-ni-tiv] /ˈkɒg nɪ tɪv/

of or relating to ; concerned with the act or process of knowing, perceiving, etc. :
cognitive development; cognitive functioning.
of or relating to the mental processes of perception, memory, judgment, and reasoning, as contrasted with emotional and volitional processes.
of or relating to cognition

1580s, from Latin cognit-, past participle stem of cognoscere (see cognizance) + -ive. Taken over by psychologists and sociologists after c.1940. Related: Cognitively.

cognitive cog·ni·tive (kŏg’nĭ-tĭv)


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