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Definition 1: that which is responsible for one's thoughts, feelings, and conscious brain functions; the seat of the faculty of reason - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where nous or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for nous in the sense of this definition

(nous is a kind of ...) the psychological result of perception and learning and reasoning

(... is a kind of nous ) an informal British expression for head or mind

"use your noddle"

(... is a kind of nous ) a young mind not yet affected by experience (according to John Locke)

(... is a kind of nous ) (psychoanalysis) the conscious mind

(... is a kind of nous ) that part of the mind wherein psychic activity takes place of which the person is unaware

(... is a kind of nous ) psychic activity just below the level of awareness

Definition 2: common sense - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where nous or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • she has great social nous

(nous is a kind of ...) sound practical judgment

"Common sense is not so common" "he hasn't got the sense God gave little green apples" "fortunately she had the good sense to run away"

(nous belongs to a domain located in ...) a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom

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