a) Decline in judgment and other cognitive functions, associated with aging; senility.

"More care!" said the old man. . . . There were in his face marks of deep and anxious thought which convinced me that he could not be, as I had been at first inclined to suppose, in a state of dotage or imbecility.

b) Fondness or attentiveness, especially to an excessive degree.

CLAUDIO: And she is exceeding wise.

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