Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Greek, mid-17th century
(Formal) Relating to mental activity or the intellect.
Examples of Noetic in a sentence
"The philosophy department attracts noetic students."
"Noah was equally athletic and noetic."
Popularity Over Time
This word stems from the Greek “noētikos,” from “noētos,” meaning “intellectual.” This comes from “noein,” meaning “perceive.”
Did you Know?
The Institute of Noetic Sciences is a nonprofit research center in Petaluma, California. Former astronaut Edgar Mitchell co-founded the center in 1973 after claiming he entered a meditative trance upon his return to Earth after the Apollo 14 moon landing. He also said he conducted ESP experiments with earthbound friends during spaceflight. The institute conducts research on topics like consciousness-based healthcare, spontaneous remission, survival of consciousness after bodily death, psychokinesis, and alternative healing practices.