mental object

Definitions of mental object
  1. noun
    the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned
    synonyms: cognitive content, content
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    an inherited pattern of thought or action
    the focus of cognitions or feelings
    food, food for thought, intellectual nourishment
    anything that provides mental stimulus for thinking
    noumenon, thing-in-itself
    the intellectual conception of a thing as it is in itself, not as it is known through perception
    universe, universe of discourse
    everything stated or assumed in a given discussion
    issue, matter, subject, topic
    some situation or event that is thought about
    an important question that is in dispute and must be settled
    idea, thought
    the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about
    center, centre, core, essence, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, kernel, marrow, meat, nitty-gritty, nub, pith, substance, sum
    the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience
    accumulated knowledge or erudition or enlightenment
    internal representation, mental representation, representation
    a presentation to the mind in the form of an idea or image
    any cognitive content held as true
    disbelief, unbelief
    a rejection of belief
    heresy, unorthodoxy
    a belief that rejects the orthodox tenets of a religion
    end, goal
    the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that (when achieved) terminates behavior intended to achieve it
    knowledge acquired by learning and instruction
    the content of direct observation or participation in an event
    acculturation, culture
    all the knowledge and values shared by a society
    lore, traditional knowledge
    knowledge gained through tradition or anecdote
    the lack of knowledge or education
    domain, knowledge base, knowledge domain
    the content of a particular field of knowledge
    knowledge about knowledge
    physical education
    training in the development of and care for the human body; stresses athletics; includes hygiene
    the accumulation of knowledge or skill that results from direct participation in events or activities
    convergence, intersection, overlap
    a representation of common ground between theories or phenomena
    reality, world
    all of your experiences that determine how things appear to you
    life, living
    the experience of being alive; the course of human events and activities
    re-experiencing, reliving
    a recurrence of a prior experience
    insipid intellectual nourishment
    the object of a feeling of intense aversion; something to be avoided
    bugbear, hobgoblin
    an object of dread or apprehension
    the object of cursing or detestation; that which is execrated
    center, center of attention, centre, centre of attention
    the object upon which interest and attention focuses
    an object perceived during a hallucinatory episode
    an object of extravagant short-lived passion
    love, passion
    any object of warm affection or devotion
    an experience that causes you to remember something
    gut issue, hot-button issue
    an issue that elicits strong emotional reactions
    paramount issue
    an issue whose settlement is more important than anything else; and issue that must be settled before anything else can be settled
    bread-and-butter issue, pocketbook issue
    an issue whose settlement will affect financial resources
    an issue that is presented for formal disputation
    a subject of study
    blind spot
    a subject about which you are ignorant or prejudiced and fail to exercise good judgment
    the topic that a person, committee, or piece of research is expected to deal with or has authority to deal with
    res adjudicata, res judicata
    a matter already settled in court; cannot be raised again
    arousal of the mind to special unusual activity or creativity
    a carefully considered thought about something
    concept, conception, construct
    an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances
    an idea that preoccupies the mind and holds the attention
    an incorrect conception
    plan, program, programme
    a series of steps to be carried out or goals to be accomplished
    a contrived or fantastic idea
    generalisation, generality, generalization
    an idea or conclusion having general application
    an idea that is suggested
    belief, feeling, impression, notion, opinion
    a vague idea in which some confidence is placed
    an idea evoked by some experience
    an idea accepted as a demonstrable truth
    notion, whim, whimsey, whimsy
    an odd or fanciful or capricious idea
    meaning, substance
    the idea that is intended
    the central idea that is expanded in a document or discourse
    motif, theme
    a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in literary or artistic work
    bare bones
    (plural) the most basic facts or elements
    (metaphysics) essential nature or underlying reality
    haecceity, quiddity
    the essence that makes something the kind of thing it is and makes it different from any other
    distillation, quintessence
    the purest and most concentrated essence of something
    a critically important or characteristic component
    the idea of something that is perfect; something that one hopes to attain
    idealisation, idealization
    something that exists only as an idea
    a fundamental or central idea
    an eccentric idea
    abstruseness, abstrusity, profoundness, profundity, reconditeness
    wisdom that is recondite and abstruse and profound
    a representation of an idea in the form of an instance of it
    a person or thing represented or foreshadowed by a type or symbol; especially a figure in the Old Testament having a counterpart in the New Testament
    a conventional or formulaic conception or image
    schema, scheme
    an internal representation of the world; an organization of concepts and actions that can be revised by new information about the world
    image, mental image
    an iconic mental representation
    interpretation, reading, version
    a mental representation of the meaning or significance of something
    a constantly changing medley of real or imagined images (as in a dream)
    the mental representation of sexual activities
    percept, perception, perceptual experience
    the representation of what is perceived; basic component in the formation of a concept
    something that is remembered
    example, model
    a representative form or pattern
    a mental representation
    blur, fuzz
    a hazy or indistinct representation
    abstractionism, unrealism
    a representation having no reference to concrete objects or specific examples
    concrete representation, concretism
    a representation of an abstract idea in concrete terms
    article of faith, conviction, strong belief
    an unshakable belief in something without need for proof or evidence
    faith, trust
    complete confidence in a person or plan, etc.
    doctrine, ism, philosophical system, philosophy, school of thought
    a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
    any personal belief about how to live or how to deal with a situation
    expectation, outlook, prospect
    belief about (or mental picture of) the future
    fetichism, fetishism
    a belief in the magical power of fetishes (or the worship of a fetish)
    the belief that all human characteristics are determined genetically
    the belief that the world can be made better by human effort
    opinion, persuasion, reckoning, sentiment, thought, view
    a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty
    belief that a work of art is an end in itself or its own justification
    the belief that the United States Constitution should be interpreted in the way the authors originally intended it
    pacificism, pacifism
    the belief that all international disputes can be settled by arbitration
    faith, religion, religious belief
    a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny
    opinion, popular opinion, public opinion, vox populi
    a belief or sentiment shared by most people; the voice of the people
    a belief in the spread of revolutionary principles
    a belief that priests can act as mediators between human beings and God
    the belief that the spirits of dead people can communicate with people who are still alive (especially via a medium)
    spiritual domain, spiritual world, unseen
    a belief that there is a realm controlled by a divine spirit
    the belief that the right to vote should be extended (as to women)
    a belief in forces beyond ordinary human understanding
    superstition, superstitious notion
    an irrational belief arising from ignorance or fear
    the belief that some particular group or race is superior to all others
    a belief that can guide behavior
    belief in theosophy
    the organized beliefs of a period or group or individual
    belief in the kinship of a group of people with a common totem
    the beliefs of a tribal society
    beliefs of a person or social group in which they have an emotional investment (either for or against something)
    belief in the existence of vampires
    a belief in the importance of the individual and the virtue of self-reliance and personal independence
    old wives' tale
    a bit of lore passed on by word of mouth
    agnosticism, scepticism, skepticism
    the disbelief in any claims of ultimate knowledge
    a lack of belief in the existence of God or gods
    aim, object, objective, target
    the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable)
    bourn, bourne
    an archaic term for a goal or destination
    the ultimate goal
    destination, terminus
    the ultimate goal for which something is done
    a nonexistent goal
    aim, design, intent, intention, mission, purpose
    an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions
    (usually plural) the goal with respect to a marriage proposal
    a cultural unit (an idea or value or pattern of behavior) that is passed from one person to another by non-genetic means (as by imitation)
    the unwritten lore (stories and proverbs and riddles and songs) of a culture
    encyclopaedism, encyclopedism, eruditeness, erudition, learnedness, learning, scholarship
    profound scholarly knowledge
    education that results in understanding and the spread of knowledge
    foundation, grounding
    education or instruction in the fundamentals of a field of knowledge
    ignorantness, nescience, unknowing, unknowingness
    ignorance (especially of orthodox beliefs)
    inexperience, rawness
    lack of experience and the knowledge and understanding derived from experience
    a lack of understanding
    ignorance resulting from not reading
    bailiwick, discipline, field, field of study, study, subject, subject area, subject field
    a branch of knowledge
    realm, region
    a knowledge domain that you are interested in or are communicating about
    scientific knowledge
    knowledge accumulated by systematic study and organized by general principles
    heretical doctrine taught by Arius that asserted the radical primacy of the Father over the Son
    the Christian heresy of the 2nd and 3rd centuries that rejected the Old Testament and denied the incarnation of God in Jesus as a human
    a Christian heresy of the 5th and 6th centuries that challenged the orthodox definition of the two natures (human and divine) in Jesus and instead believed there was a single divine nature
    the theological doctrine that Christ had only one will even though he had two natures (human and divine); condemned as heretical in the Third Council of Constantinople
    the theological doctrine (named after Nestorius) that Christ is both the son of God and the man Jesus (which is opposed to Roman Catholic doctrine that Christ is fully God)
    the theological doctrine put forward by Pelagius which denied original sin and affirmed the ability of humans to be righteous; condemned as heresy by the Council of Ephesus in 431
    the heretical doctrine (associated with the Gnostics) that Jesus had no human body and his sufferings and death on the cross were apparent rather than real
    a religious orientation advocating gnosis as the way to release a person's spiritual element; considered heresy by Christian churches
    (Christianity) the heretical belief that the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit are three separate gods
    Albigensianism, Catharism
    a Christian movement considered to be a medieval descendant of Manichaeism in southern France in the 12th and 13th centuries; characterized by dualism (asserted the coexistence of two mutually opposed principles, one good and one evil); was exterminated for heresy during the Inquisition
    a heretical Zoroastrian doctrine holding that Zurvan was the ultimate source of the universe and that both Ahura Mazda and Ahriman were Zurvan's offspring
    spiritual being, supernatural being
    an incorporeal being believed to have powers to affect the course of human events
    the belief that one deserves special treatment or privileges
    a systematic method or organized body of knowledge relating to some topic or field
    type of:
    cognition, knowledge, noesis
    the psychological result of perception and learning and reasoning
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