cog·​nos·​ci·​ble käg-ˈnä-sə-bəl How to pronounce cognoscible (audio)

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The exact synonym of "cognoscible" is the far better-known "cognizable." Both words mean "capable of being judicially heard and determined" (as "a cognoscible claim") and "capable of being known" (as "cognoscible circumstances"). Both terms are from Latin cognoscere, meaning "to know." And both appeared in the 17th century, less than two decades apart - first, "cognoscible," direct from the Late Latin adjective cognoscibilis; then, "cognizable," from the English noun "cognizance" ("knowledge").

Word History


borrowed from Late Latin cognōscibilis, from Latin cognōscere "to get to know, acquire knowledge of" + -ibilis -ible — more at cognition

First Known Use

circa 1644, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cognoscible was circa 1644


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“Cognoscible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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