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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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▪ But then most of us could probably bluff our way into a second division club with a bit of nous.
▪ Gradually, he confounded everyone with his burgeoning vocabulary and tactical nous.
▪ His temperament and lack of tactical nous made him a bad choice from the start.
▪ Neither approached the tactical nous of cricket's most famous cravat wearer, Douglas Jardine.
▪ The Hammers' victory allied skill to discipline and tactical nous.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Nous \Nous\, n. [NL., fr. Gr. noy^s mind.]

  1. Intellect; understanding; talent; -- used humorously.

  2. (Philos.) The reason; the highest intellect; God regarded as the World Reason.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

slang for "intelligence, common sense," 1706, from Greek nous, Attic form of noos "mind, intellect," which was taken in English in philosophy 1670s.


n. 1 (context philosophy English) The mind or intellect, reason, both rational and emotional 2 In Neoplatonism, the divine reason, regarded as first divine emanation. 3 common sense; practical intelligence.

  1. n. common sense; "she has great social nous"

  2. that which is responsible for one's thoughts and feelings; the seat of the faculty of reason; "his mind wandered"; "I couldn't get his words out of my head" [syn: mind, head, brain, psyche]


Nous (British: ; US: ), sometimes equated to intellect or intelligence, is a philosophical term for the faculty of the human mind which is described in classical philosophy as necessary for understanding what is true or real. The three commonly used philosophical terms are from Greek, νοῦς or , and Latinintellectus and intelligentia respectively. To describe the activity of this faculty, apart from verbs based on "understanding", the word "intellection" is sometimes used in philosophical contexts, and the Greek words noēsis and noein are sometimes also used. This activity is understood in a similar way, at least in some contexts, to the modern concept intuition.

In philosophy, common English translations include " understanding" and " mind"; or sometimes " thought" or " reason" (in the sense of that which reasons, not the activity of reasoning). It is also often described as something equivalent to perception except that it works within the mind ("the mind's eye"). It has been suggested that the basic meaning is something like "awareness". In colloquial British English, nous also denotes " good sense", which is close to one everyday meaning it had in Ancient Greece.

spheres of the cosmos, derived from Aristotle, and as per the standard explanation by Ptolemy. It came to be understood that at least the outermost sphere (marked " Primũ Mobile") has its own intellect, intelligence or nous - a cosmic equivalent to the human mind. In Aristotle's influential works, the term was carefully distinguished from sense perception, imagination and reason, although these terms are closely inter-related. The term was apparently already singled out by earlier philosophers such as Parmenides, whose works are largely lost. In post-Aristotelian discussions, the exact boundaries between perception, understanding of perception, and reasoning have not always agreed with the definitions of Aristotle, even though his terminology remains influential.

In the Aristotelian scheme, nous is the basic understanding or awareness which allows human beings to think rationally. For Aristotle, this was distinct from the processing of sensory perception, including the use of imagination and memory, which other animals can do. This therefore connects discussion of nous, to discussion of how the human mind sets definitions in a consistent and communicable way, and whether people must be born with some innate potential to understand the same universal categories the same logical ways. Deriving from this it was also sometimes argued, especially in classical and medieval philosophy, that the individual nous must require help of a spiritual and divine type. By this type of account, it came to be argued that the human understanding (nous) somehow stems from this cosmic nous, which is however not just a recipient of order, but a creator of it. Such explanations were influential in the development of medieval accounts of God, the immortality of the soul, and even the motions of the stars, in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, amongst both eclectic philosophers and authors representing all the major faiths of their times.


Noûs is a quarterly peer-reviewed academic journal on philosophy published by Wiley-Blackwell. It was established in 1967 by Hector-Neri Castañeda and is currently edited by Ernest Sosa ( Rutgers University). The journal is accompanied by two annual supplements, Philosophical Issues and Philosophical Perspectives.

Nous (album)

Nous is the sixth studio album by Québécois singer and musician Daniel Bélanger, and was released in 2009.

Usage examples of "nous".

Traversons la petite ville, ce sera fait en cinq minutes, et allons nous asseoir sous les grands arbres tailles en muraille du parc de Bizi.

Gaston, qui devait avoir cependant sur ce point des clartes qui nous manquent, et des raisons pour croire a sa paternite, tu me permettras de rester dans le doute.

Rochechouart, dit le bonhomme Jadis, mais alors nous sommes voisins, mademoiselle.

Je pars en avant, les miens me suivent, et nous tombons dans la redoute, terribles et rapides comme des boulets vivants.

Attendez-moi ici mon cher monsieur, je vais me faire la barbe et nous partirons ensemble.

Ils devraient nous donner au moins une danse morisque, ou quelque autre momerie!

Louis XI, crois-tu que ce soit pour de pareils oiseaux que nous faisons faire des cages de trois cent soixante-sept livres huit sols trois deniers?

Il ne faut point sortir pour cela de chez vous: Exercez le talent et jugez parmi nous.

Il faut nous garder de ne chercher notre culture que dans ce qui est exclusivement pur et moral.

Afin de le rendre plus tragique, les poetes nous montrent Tiresias gardant chez les morts sa science qui lui etait amere.

Mais disons du moins combien etait aimable ce paysage lapidaire dont nous ne reverrons plus les lignes anciennes.

Il a perdu ses biens et la paix du coeur, en ce mauvais jour que nous venons de vivre.

Ne vaudrait-il pas mieux chercher quelque moyen de salut pour nous et ne pas pleurer davantage?

Il ne nous distrait de nos peines que pour mieux nous faire tomber dans ses trous.

Et pourquoi voulez-vous que nous comprenions les idees des chiens mieux que les chiens ne comprennent les idees des hommes?