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  • Relating to cognition.

    ‘the cognitive processes involved in reading’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When I learned about cognitive theory it was a challenge to me to think that I did possess skewed attitudes.’
    • ‘They have no cognitive significance when applied to things in themselves.’
    • ‘It allows us to express general cognitive goals, such as seeking truths and avoiding falsehoods.’
    • ‘Is diabetes associated with cognitive impairment and cognitive decline among older women?’
    • ‘You don't need to know all of neuroscience, cognitive psychology and so on to know how your brain works.’
    • ‘Few people like to think that their higher cognitive processes are under genetic control.’
    • ‘Our understanding of these concepts contributes to our view of cognitive categories.’
    • ‘The best treatment for phobia is a psychological treatment called cognitive behavioural therapy.’
    • ‘Some studies suggest that tamoxifen interferes with brain metabolism and cognitive function.’
    • ‘His levitation tricks also depend on quite a bit of cognitive psychology to enhance their effect.’
    • ‘It seems that the higher cognitive emotions cannot avoid being double-edged swords.’
    • ‘Research in cognitive psychology has shown that we remember iconic images better than text.’
    • ‘The key to this explanation is something psychologists call cognitive responses.’
    • ‘The cognitive mechanisms in his brain had ground to a halt, as had everything else.’
    • ‘In fact, words are often chosen as much for their emotive as their cognitive force.’
    • ‘There is a long list of behavioural anomalies and paradoxes uncovered by cognitive researchers.’
    • ‘No, my standards were caused by cognitive distortions, brought about by serious mental illness.’
    mental, emotional, intellectual, inner, non-physical, cerebral, brain, rational, cognitive, abstract, conceptual, theoretical



/ˈkäɡnədiv/ /ˈkɑɡnədɪv/


Late 16th century from medieval Latin cognitivus, from cognit- ‘known’, from the verb cognoscere.