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

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cognizably \ ˈkäg-​nə-​zə-​blē How to pronounce cognizably (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: "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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Recent Examples on the Web But federal courts can only adjudicate cognizable claims, and the complaint here fails on a number of jurisdictional and substantive grounds. Jim Saunders,, "Wasserman Schultz, Democrats did not tilt 2016 primary in Clinton’s favor, judicial panel rules," 28 Oct. 2019 Brown doesn’t have a viable legal case to wear the helmet If Brown’s grievance fails, there is no cognizable legal theory that would enable Brown to wear a helmet over the NFL’s wishes. A contract law claim would not work. Michael Mccann,, "Examining Antonio Brown's Legal Options Against NFL Over Helmet Dispute," 11 Aug. 2019 Then would come the much more tractable and cognizable job of fixing ObamaCare. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "The Result of GOP Failure," 18 July 2017 This is off-the-map in terms of a legally cognizable claim. Ben Brody,, "Trump Sued Over Foreign Business Dealings by Democrat Lawmakers," 14 June 2017 Do time and effort alone, spent in a reasonable effort to avert reasonably foreseeable harm, constitute a cognizable injury under Maine common law? Kim Zetter, WIRED, "Judge Revives Question of Retail Liability in Hannaford Breach Case," 9 Oct. 2009

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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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“Cognizable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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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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