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tr.v. ex·cog·i·tat·ed, ex·cog·i·tat·ing, ex·cog·i·tates
To consider or think (something) out carefully and thoroughly.

[Latin excōgitāre, excōgitāt-, to find out by thinking : ex-, ex- + cōgitāre, to think; see cogitate.]

ex·cog′i·ta′tion n.
ex·cog′i·ta′tive adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.excogitation - thinking something out with care in order to achieve complete understanding of it
cerebration, intellection, mentation, thinking, thought process, thought - the process of using your mind to consider something carefully; "thinking always made him frown"; "she paused for thought"
2.excogitation - the creation of something in the mindexcogitation - the creation of something in the mind
creative thinking, creativeness, creativity - the ability to create
concoction - the invention of a scheme or story to suit some purpose; "his testimony was a concoction"; "she has no peer in the concoction of mystery stories"
contrivance - the faculty of contriving; inventive skill; "his skillful contrivance of answers to every problem"


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Right or wrong, Rumour was very busy; and Lord Decimus, while he was, or was supposed to be, in stately excogitation of the difficulty, lent her some countenance by taking, on several public occasions, one of those elephantine trots of his through a jungle of overgrown sentences, waving Mr Merdle about on his trunk as Gigantic Enterprise, The Wealth of England, Elasticity, Credit, Capital, Prosperity, and all manner of blessings.
To the excogitation of this problem, the harmless gentleman had devoted many anxious hours, both in his lodgings over the livery stable-yard, and in the cold gloom, favourable to meditation, of Saint James's Square.
pointing to medieval church literature, where the "real task of the scholar was not the vain excogitation of novelties but a discovery of great old books").