cog·​ni·​za·​ble | \ ˈkäg-nə-zə-bəl How to pronounce cognizable (audio) , käg-ˈnī- \

Definition of cognizable

1 : capable of being judicially heard and determined a cognizable claim
2 : capable of being known cognizable events

Other Words from cognizable

cognizably \ ˈkäg-​nə-​zə-​blē How to pronounce cognizable (audio) , käg-​ˈnī-​ \ adverb

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It's easy to recognize the cogni- in cognizable and in other English words that have to do with knowing: cognitive, incognito, precognition, and recognition, for example. They're all from Latin cognōscere ("to get to know" or "to acquire knowledge of"). Cognizable was formed in the 17th century from the root of cognizance, which in English means "knowledge" or "awareness." Cognizance traces to cognōscere via Anglo-French conoisance and conoissant, meaning "aware" or "mindful." Cognizable was used in its legal sense almost from its introduction, and that meaning continues to be most common today.

Examples of cognizable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But that requires someone who suffered some kind of legally cognizable injury from Biden’s order. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 31 Aug. 2022 Nor could any allegedly cognizable injuries be fairly traceable to any specific misrepresentations or deception alleged in the Complaint. Michael I. Krauss, Forbes, 4 June 2022 His lack of any cognizable endgame is powerful evidence of its own. WSJ, 11 Mar. 2022 After conducting an unusual evidentiary hearing soon after Palin filed the lawsuit, U.S. District Court Judge Jed Rakoff quickly dismissed her complaint for a cognizable lack of actual malice. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Jan. 2022 To comply with international law, Poland must allow migrants who enter and have a cognizable claim of asylum to stay in the country until their asylum claim is adjudicated. Jill Goldenziel, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2021 The Texas law encourages the filing of lawsuits (albeit in the state courts), and poses not the slightest obstacle to federal lawsuits based on claims that concrete applications of the statute have violated some cognizable federal interest. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, 4 Sep. 2021 Even then, however, a legally cognizable injury to these plaintiffs would depend on a transgender student running in the same events and achieving substantially similar times. Lori Riley,, 25 Apr. 2021 Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another State conducts its elections. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, 4 Jan. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of cognizable

circa 1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cognizable

cogniz(ance) + -able

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cog·​ni·​za·​ble | \ ˈkäg-nə-zə-bəl, käg-ˈnī- How to pronounce cognizable (audio) \

Legal Definition of cognizable

1 : capable of being known specifically : capable of being recognized as a group because of a common characteristic (as race or gender)

Note: Systematic exclusion of members of a cognizable group from a jury violates the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution, which requires that jurors be selected from jury pools that represent a fair cross section of the community.

2 : capable of being judicially heard and determined a cognizable claim

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