cogitation (n.) c.1200, "thought, idea, notion," from O.Fr. cogitacion "thought, consideration, reflection," from L. cogitationem (nom. cogitatio), noun of action from cogitare "to think, reflect, consider, turn over in the mind," apparently from co-agitare, from com- "together" (see CO- (Cf. co-)) + agitare, here in a sense of "to turn over in the mind," lit. "to put in constant motion, drive, impel," frequentative of agere "to move, drive" (see AGITATION (Cf. agitation)).

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