Definition of noetic in US English:



  • Relating to mental activity or the intellect.

    • ‘The tradition of magical drumming is alive and well, and the effect of rhythm on our consciousness is recognized by more and more students of the noetic sciences.’
    • ‘These mental images have no privileged status, such as Plato gave to his noetic Ideas or Forms; they are always true, but in this do not differ from the information provided by the senses.’
    • ‘In order for us to have true beliefs we have to have properly functioning noetic equipment (brain, spinal cord, senses, etc. that operate in accordance with reality).’
    • ‘He describes knowing as a process of abstracting conceptual images from created beings. Knowing thus involves an ascent from the particular data of sensory experience to the noetic realm of concepts.’
    • ‘Vernadsky spoke about the role of the individual, and the individual's contribution to society, the cognitive contribution, the noetic contribution.’
    • ‘They say that one could be rational in accepting a noetic system that has atheism as its foundational presupposition, since there is no good objective evidence for God's existence.’
    • ‘Now foundationalism is best construed, I think, as a thesis about rational noetic structures.’
    • ‘It represented more than a rigid code of behavior; it ‘is not a random collection of laws, but a method, an approach which creates a noetic reality.’’
    • ‘The hemispheres of the brain are now generally held to be the seat of those teleorganic processes which are coincident with noetic ideas and the active faculties of the mind.’
    • ‘Instead, reliable human access to natural law is a matter of noetic knowledge, of personal spiritual experience with God.’
    • ‘Generally, the line taken is that although there are certain limitations to scientific knowledge, these are noetic rather than ontic.’
    • ‘In the words of one of its founders, noetic science is concerned with subjective experience as opposed to materialistic science (which is essentially interested in objective experience).’
    • ‘It's the same noetic principle, which is referred to by Vernadsky.’
    • ‘This is the so-called noetic principle, as described by Vernadsky.’
    • ‘Moroney examines the views of John Calvin, Abraham Kuyper, and Emil Brunner regarding the noetic effects of sin, the ways in which sin negatively affects and undermines human knowledge.’


Mid 17th century: from Greek noētikos, from noētos ‘intellectual’, from noein ‘perceive’.