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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.
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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.
Before entering upon the considerations of the medicine, health and care resources, roots and development trends and into their manifold particularities and needs, a general interest may lead people to want to know more about the new excogitation related to the health sector and the medical knowledge as presented in this research entitled: "Empowering the Structural Reform in the Health Sector: An Innovative, Synergistic and Business Masterminded Approach".
(47) Croce's notion of decadentismo, conceived of as an 'excogitation a posteriori' (Moroni, 2004: 66) and developed by Walter Binni as the influential critical school, (48) would constitute a relevant factor in the prolonged Italian dismissal of the Baroque, a refusal which would be reversed only after WWII, with Giulio Carlo Argan's 1954 exposition La rettorica e l'arte barocca (delivered at the third International Congress of Humanistic Studies in Venice) and Luciano Anceschi's Barocco e Novecento (1960).