V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: of or pertaining to the mental processes of perceptions, memory, judgment, thinking and reasoning

Synonyms: cerebral, intellectual, perceptive

Antonyms: emotional, intuitive

Tips: You will see the prefix cog- in words that refer to thinking and reason: cognitive, cognizant, cogent, cognition. The related word cognizant refers to being aware or having knowledge of a fact. Cognizant is a more sophisticated way of saying "aware": (i.e: "We'll be cognizant (aware) of the sensitive issue during the meeting.") The related noun cognition refers to the ability to acquire knowledge.

Usage Examples:

His cognitive abilities went undetected for years because of his social inhibition. (intellectual)

She was cognizant of her staff's opinion on the matter, but decided to override the general consensus. (aware)

His strong cognitive abilities were an asset in solving this difficult problem. (intellectual)

Her responses to the questions were more cognitive than emotional. (intellectual)

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