Word of the day

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incogitant (adj) – Thoughtless; inconsiderate.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Analyzing the composition of incogitant is a little tricky. The Latin negative prefix in- is clear enough (it is related to English un-); the participial ending -ant will be familiar to those who know French or Latin; and many will be familiar with the French philosopher and mathematician René Descartes’ (1596–1650) statement cōgitō ergō sum (“I think therefore I am”). The Latin verb cōgitāre “to think” can be broken down further to co-, a variant of com-, here used as an intensive suffix, and the verb agitāre “to set in motion, drive” (the co- and the a- of agitāre contract into a long ō). Agitāre is a frequentative verb (at least in form) formed from the simple verb agree “to drive (animals), do, make.” Incogitant entered English in the 17th century.

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