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cognĭtĭo , ōnis, f. cognosco.
I. In gen., a becoming acquainted with, learning to know, acquiring knowledge, knowledge as a consequence of perception or of the exercise of our mental powers, knowing, acquaintance, cognition (in good prose; esp. freq. in Cic. and Quint.).
B. Concr.
1. ( = notio, κατάληψις.) A conception, notion, idea: “intellegi necesse est esse deos, quoniam insitas eorum vel potius innatas cognitiones habemus,Cic. N. D. 1, 17, 44; 1, 14, 36; id. Fin. 2, 5, 16 Madv.; 3, 5, 17.—
2. Knowledge, a branch of learning (late Lat.): “studiosus cognitionum omnium princeps,Amm. 21, 1, 7: 25, 4, 7.—
III. In Terence twice for agnitio, recognition, discovery (cf. cognosco), Ter. Hec. 5, 3, 33; id. Eun. 5, 3, 12.
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