Definition of mnemonic in English:



  • A system such as a pattern of letters, ideas, or associations which assists in remembering something.

    ‘the usual mnemonic for star types is O Be A Fine Girl Kiss Me’
    • ‘A potentially helpful mnemonic for giving the diagnosis is ‘THREE’: time, hope, repetition, empathy and education.’
    • ‘The NO SPECS mnemonic often is used as a scoring system for severity of eye change.’
    • ‘The pocket guideline also features algorithms, tables and a treatment mnemonic.’
    • ‘S.T.O.P. refers to the survival mnemonic for Stop, Think, Observe and Plan.’
    • ‘The tricolour is portrayed as a mnemonic of the country, which once stood for sacrifice, peace and fertility, and also as a country today fragmented by divisive political and religious forces.’
    • ‘Short, succinct, and easy to remember - a mnemonic.’
    • ‘Because we sometimes learn and remember best through the use of mnemonics I have created the following mental touchstones.’
    • ‘They group together relevant action and zone modifiers into a single mnemonic.’
    • ‘PEST (standing for political, economic, social, and technological change) roughly defines the scope of what is required but the word PEST is no more than a convenient mnemonic.’
    • ‘The DREAMS mnemonic can help make the diagnosis when it is being considered.’
    • ‘Its database can be searched, browsed, and also enhanced with donations of other suitable mnemonics.’
    • ‘To facilitate writing a question that will allow the student to seek out best evidence, use the teaching mnemonic PICO.’
    • ‘Mike was given a chart that contained the three-step strategy and a mnemonic for SPACE.’
    • ‘The placement also made seeing the particulars of their relationship - they were perpendicular to each other, for instance - another mnemonic exercise.’
    • ‘It also makes a nice mnemonic for the various forms of election counterintelligence and disinformation.’
    • ‘Though the four-syllable line is common in t'ai chi mnemonics as well, the pattern is not nearly as regular as in the pa kua verses.’
    • ‘I'll only say that we did have a mnemonic base, and now that we've changed to another combo, we still use a mnemonic.’
    • ‘As the CORE mnemonic device shows, it's all up to you.’
    • ‘When performing under divided attention at retrieval, an elaborate mnemonic may be produced at encoding and only partially accessed during retrieval.’
    • ‘It offered a succinct mnemonic for the significance invested in the engraving by Durer.’
    prompt, prompting, cue, nudge
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  • 1Aiding or designed to aid the memory.

    • ‘In fact, we can improve memory with mnemonic devices.’
    • ‘When adjusted for differences in overall mnemonic ability, we demonstrate that the relationship between organization and learning remains invariant with normal aging.’
    • ‘They are forms of memory, mnemonic devices that encode the history of and knowledge about particular initiations.’
    • ‘Metrical speech not only produces some heightened form of attention that increases mnemonic retention; it also seems to provide innate physical pleasure in both the auditor and orator.’
    • ‘The ‘young kids’ who ‘want to be them’ are provided with a mnemonic template to ensure that the desired identification is further solidified.’
    • ‘Many kinds of mnemonic devices are based on this principle, such as the sentence codes you learned as a child to represent the notes of the treble clef or the rhymes that represent spelling rules.’
    • ‘In other words, abstract, objective, and analytical thought reflects a literate society, and concrete, formulaic, and mnemonic thinking marks an oral culture.’
    • ‘This symbol has a mnemonic function as one of the four injunctions of the Hoa Hao faith is to recognise one's debt to humanity.’
    • ‘She showed no evidence of using the mnemonic strategies she had practiced to help her solve the problems.’
    • ‘That is, attaching a story or other mnemonic device to what is to be recalled improves our memory.’
    • ‘It would appear that the parallel with medieval mnemonic techniques can only partially be justified.’
    • ‘Long ago, the U.S. Army developed a special mnemonic reporting format for combat information: SALUTE, meaning size, activity, location, unit, time, and equipment.’
    • ‘This is so because their differences in mnemonic ability put them on a different scale.’
    • ‘As London like other cities grew, in the eighteenth century into a city of secular institutions as well as churches, the possibilities for different mnemonic relationships proliferated.’
    • ‘Instructional materials for each strategy include mnemonic charts, graphic organizers, charts for graphing student progress, practice materials, reward certificates, and bulletin board ideas.’
    • ‘The five ‘R's’ of the model (receive, relate, reflect, refine, and reconstruct) are a mnemonic device to represent the major areas of the experiential learning model.’
    • ‘Photographs, for him, are mnemonic fields, but (as they are spatial cuts, not temporally extensive) they are inevitably severed from an immediate context.’
    • ‘In this way it resonates with her own work, thematising and literalising mnemonic fragments and inscriptions - making conscious what has been unconscious or repressed.’
    • ‘To me, this isn't the occasional mnemonic hiccup, it's a cognitive hacking cough.’
    • ‘But they also derived some very arcane and bizarre mnemonic devices with emblems or symbols that were meant to represent aspects of the Catholic faith.’
    figurative, representative, illustrative, emblematic, allegorical, parabolic, non-literal, allusive, denotative, connotative, suggestive, mnemonic
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    1. 1.1Relating to the power of memory.
      • ‘The mnemonic power of poetry - the rhythmic organization of words as an aid to memory - however, is central, if not indispensable, to the transmission of a tradition in an oral society.’
      • ‘The second is that the mnemonic power of a life-size naturalistic effigy vivifies the presence of the dead during the second-burial ceremony, enabling mourners to treat the image as if it were alive.’
      • ‘I thought, too, of mnemonic devices in memory palaces - but it is the power of language, with all its mysterious associations, that I was advocating.’
      • ‘In this work, imagery is presented literally as a backdrop, reinforcing the mnemonic power of the artist's presence rather than representing it.’
      • ‘Her poems often have a hip-hop feel, emphasizing repetition and the mnemonic power of the spoken word.’


Mid 18th century (as an adjective): via medieval Latin from Greek mnēmonikos, from mnēmōn mindful.