Definition of cognizable
- a cognizable claim
- cognizable events
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It's easy to recognize the "cogni-" in "cognizable" and in other English words that have to do with knowing: "precognition," "incognito," "recognition," and "cognitive," for example. They're all from Latin cognoscere ("to know")."Cognizable" was formed in the 17th century from the root of "cognizance," which means "knowledge." "Cognizance" in turn traces to "cognoscere" by way of Anglo-French conissance. "Cognizable" was used in the legal sense almost from its introduction, and that's the sense that is far and away the most common today.
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