Definition of cognitivist in English:



  • A person who believes or works in cognitive grammar.

    • ‘Along with the digital age, his theory of computation helped inspire the cognitivist revolution, making him, by some lights the first cognitivist.’
    • ‘If the brain is at the root of all language, then the further claim of cognitivists makes sense: that the everyday and the special are cognitively the same.’


  • Relating to cognitive grammar.

    • ‘The cognitivist view has become familiar enough: figures of speech are really conceptual structures, crucial both to cognition and culture.’
    • ‘In the symbolic or cognitivist paradigm, which was dominant in the '70s and '80s, the mind is seen as a symbol-based rule-system.’


1950s (in the sense believing that moral judgments are true or false statements about moral facts): from cognitive + -ist.