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NOUS

 Dictionary entry overview: What does nous mean? 

NOUS (noun)
  The noun NOUS has 2 senses:

1. common sense
2. that which is responsible for one's thoughts and feelings; the seat of the faculty of reason

  Familiarity information: NOUS used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


NOUS (noun)


Sense 1nous [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Common sense

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Context example:

she has great social nous

Hypernyms ("nous" is a kind of...):

common sense; good sense; gumption; horse sense; mother wit; sense (sound practical judgment)

Domain region:

Britain; GB; Great Britain; U.K.; UK; United Kingdom; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland)


Sense 2nous [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

That which is responsible for one's thoughts and feelings; the seat of the faculty of reason

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

mind; psyche; nous; brain; head

Context examples:

his mind wandered / I couldn't get his words out of my head

Hypernyms ("nous" is a kind of...):

cognition; knowledge; noesis (the psychological result of perception and learning and reasoning)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "nous"):

noddle (an informal British expression for head or mind)

tabula rasa (a young mind not yet affected by experience (according to John Locke))

ego ((psychoanalysis) the conscious mind)

unconscious; unconscious mind (that part of the mind wherein psychic activity takes place of which the person is unaware)

subconscious; subconscious mind (psychic activity just below the level of awareness)


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