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se·man·tic mem·o·ry

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  1. semantic memorynoun

    your memory for meanings and general (impersonal) facts


  1. semantic memorynoun

    A subcategory of declarative memory, semantic memory stores general information such as names and facts.

  2. semantic memorynoun

    A system of the brain where logical concepts relating to the outside world are stored.

  3. semantic memorynoun

    (Advertising) the memory system which stores information relating to brands, thus where brand positioning is established.


  1. Semantic memory

    Semantic memory refers to the memory of meanings, understandings, and other concept-based knowledge, and underlies the conscious recollection of factual information and general knowledge about the world. Semantic and episodic memory together make up the category of declarative memory, which is one of the two major divisions in memory. With the use of our semantic memory we can give meaning to otherwise meaningless words and sentences. We can learn about new concepts by applying our knowledge learned from things in the past. The counterpart to declarative, or explicit memory, is procedural memory, or implicit memory. Semantic memory includes generalized knowledge that does not involve memory of a specific event. For instance, people can answer questions like "Are wrenches pets or tools?" without remembering any specific event in which they learned that wrenches are tools.

Editors Contribution

  1. semantic memory

    The ability to remember the accurate and specific data, information, facts, research and statistics.

    We all need our semantic memory to remember facts about our everyday life and new information we learn and store daily.

    Submitted by MaryC on May 23, 2016  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of semantic memory in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

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    The numerical value of semantic memory in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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  • memoria semánticaSpanish
  • ಲಾಕ್ಷಣಿಕ ಮೆಮೊರಿKannada

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