Definition of cognizable
1 : capable of being judicially heard and determined a cognizable claim
2 : capable of being known cognizable events
cognizablyplay \ˈkäg-nə-zə-blē, 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.
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) Editor's 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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