cognizable

adjective

cog·​ni·​za·​ble ˈkäg-nə-zə-bəl How to pronounce cognizable (audio)
käg-ˈnī-
1
: capable of being judicially heard and determined
a cognizable claim
2
: capable of being known
cognizable events
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 Rule 23 requires the plaintiffs to prove the existence of a cognizable class of persons who have legal interests in common. Thomas Baker, Forbes, 5 May 2023 But the storage unit can make those problems discrete, cognizable. Rafil Kroll-Zaidi, Harper’s Magazine , 7 Dec. 2021 At the end of the day, the out-of-state LLCs have no cognizable interest in preventing the charging order from being entered or registered as a sister-state order, since an LLC is not itself affected by a charging order other than to whom the distribution is addressed. Jay Adkisson, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Disappointment is not a legally cognizable injury. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, 12 Dec. 2020 The party bringing the suit would have to show that Biden’s policy results in cognizable injury. Adam S. Minsky, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2022 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

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Word History

Etymology

cogniz(ance) + -able

First Known Use

circa 1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of cognizable was circa 1662

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“Cognizable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cognizable. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Legal Definition

cognizable

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