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Synonyms

thought

noun

the mental effort that you make to understand something, to make decisions, or to solve problems

consideration

noun

careful thought before making a decision or judgment about something

assessment

noun

the process of making a judgment or forming an opinion, after considering something or someone carefully

reflection

noun

careful thought about something

concentration

noun

the process of giving all your attention to something

reasoning

noun

the process of thinking about something in an intelligent sensible way in order to make a decision or form an opinion

forethought

noun

careful thought and planning that prepares you well for a future event

introspection

noun

the process of carefully examining your own feelings, thoughts, and ideas

soul-searching

noun

careful thought about your beliefs, attitudes, or actions because you think it is important to behave in an honest and moral way

focus

noun

particular attention paid to something

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calculation

noun

careful and clever planning designed to achieve something, even if it hurts other people

caution

noun

careful thought and lack of hurry in order to try to avoid risks or danger

caution

noun

careful thought before accepting something as true

cognisance

a British spelling of cognizance

contemplation

noun

the process of thinking about something or looking at something for a long time

deduction

noun

the process of finding something out by considering the information or evidence that you have

deliberation

noun

long and careful thought or discussion

focus

noun

the act of concentrating on a particular aim and not wasting time or energy on other things

gestation

noun

the development in your mind of an idea or plan, before you talk about it to other people

induction

noun

formal the process of reasoning from particular facts or ideas to a general rule or law

inference

noun

the process of using information that you already have to form an opinion about something

intensity

noun

a very strong level of thought and attention

logic

noun

the fact of being a sensible or reasonable explanation or idea

look

noun

an act of thinking carefully about a problem or situation

meditation

noun

thought that takes all your attention for a long time

navel-gazing

noun

informal the act of spending a lot of time thinking about your own problems, or one issue, but not doing anything about them

particularity

noun

formal great attention to detail

re-evaluation

noun

the act or process of considering something carefully again before making a judgment about it, especially because circumstances have changed

rethink

noun

an act of considering something such as an idea, plan, or system again in order to change it

rigor

the American spelling of rigour

rigour

noun

the quality of being thorough and careful

self-analysis

noun

careful thought about the reasons for your feelings, ideas, and actions

self-examination

noun

the process of thinking about your feelings and actions and deciding whether they are right or wrong

self-study

noun

formal time that you spend thinking about the type of person that you are and your reasons for doing things

thinking

noun

the process of considering something or of reacting to something

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to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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