In philosophy, nous is the mind's ability to clearly understand what is true. You might think of nous as reason or intellect.

The exact definition of nous varies, depending on whether you're talking to a philosopher, historian, or religious thinker. In Christianity, the nous is the mind, as distinguished from the soul. You can also think of this as the distinction between thinking and feeling. Classic philosophy defines nous as the part of a person's mind that allows them to think rationally and understand. During the 18th century, nous was briefly popular as college slang for "wit or cleverness."

Definitions of nous

n that which is responsible for one's thoughts and feelings; the seat of the faculty of reason

brain, head, mind, psyche
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an informal British expression for head or mind
tabula rasa
a young mind not yet affected by experience (according to John Locke)
(psychoanalysis) the conscious mind
unconscious, unconscious mind
that part of the mind wherein psychic activity takes place of which the person is unaware
subconscious, subconscious mind
psychic activity just below the level of awareness
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cognition, knowledge, noesis
the psychological result of perception and learning and reasoning

n common sense

“she has great social nous
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common sense, good sense, gumption, horse sense, mother wit, sense
sound practical judgment

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