AskDefine | Define cerebration

Dictionary Definition

cerebration n : the process of thinking (especially thinking carefully); "thinking always made him frown"; "she paused for thought" [syn: thinking, thought, intellection, mentation]

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English

Etymology

From etyl la cerebrum + -ation.

Pronunciation

/sɛɹɪˈbɹeɪʃən/

Noun

  1. The act of cerebrating; thinking, mental activity.
    • 1902, William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience, Folio Society 2008, p. 177:
      Dr Carpenter first, unless I am mistaken, introduced the term ‘unconscious cerebration’, which has since then been a popular phrase of explanation.
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