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The Collaborative International Dictionary

Noetic \No*et"ic\, Noetical \No*et"ic*al\, a. [Gr. ?, fr. ? to perceive, ? mind, intellect.] Of or pertaining to the intellect; intellectual.

I would employ the word noetic to express all those cognitions which originate in the mind itself.
--Sir W. Hamilton.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"pertaining to the intellect," 1650s, from Greek noetikos "intelligent," from noesis (see noesis).


a. 1 Of or pertaining to the mind or intellect. 2 Originating in or apprehended by reason. n. 1 The science of the intellect. 2 A purely intellectual entity.


adj. of or associated with or requiring the use of the mind; "intellectual problems"; "the triumph of the rational over the animal side of man" [syn: intellectual, rational]

Usage examples of "noetic".

Noetic shreds, arkose shards, biotite fragments tumbling and grinding in a dry breccia slurry.

Noetic submergence ceremony, so Helion had peopled the play stages with characters from popular novels, Jovian history, and ancient myth, and whomever else he could find cheaply on the local area channels.

But it was not a sign as bad as it might have been: the thought ports in his armor were evidently not allowing the noetic reader to redact or to manipulate his nervous system.

He knew nothing about the Golden Oecumene, knew thing about how Phaethon thought, and did not seem realize that Phaethon could not be redacted by the noetic unit unless he was taken out of his armor.

Xenophon, either an agent or a puppet of the Silent Ones, must have had redaction traps and thought worms ready to capture Diomedes, a marriage of minds turned into a brutal rape, with noetic readers primed to rob Diomedes of any useful information, ready to turn his personality, imagination, and memory into tools and weapons useful to the enemy.

Noetic philosophic and psychiatric integration of their memory paths and thought chains, were recorded as full members of the Rhadamanthine mind structure, granted communion and ascendance.

She snapped her enameled fingers and delivered a reproving coercive tap to her Chinese Shar-Pei puppy, which was poised to pounce upon the tail of Noetic Concordance's dignified Azawakh gazehound.

Marilyn Schlitz, who went on to become the research director at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) in Petaluma, California.