Word of the Day : August 17, 2020

cognizable

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adjective KAHG-nuh-zuh-bul

Definition

1 : capable of being judicially heard and determined

2 : capable of being known

Did You Know?

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

"The state also argued that the plaintiffs failed to show 'that they have suffered a cognizable burden to their right to vote' or that Florida’s election procedures are unconstitutional." — Dara Kam, The Naples (Florida) Daily News, 28 May 2020

"Meanwhile, the board majority appeared to be likewise deliberately or negligently unaware of state law, and operated outside of any cognizable board or committee procedure." — Marie-Louise Ramsdale, The Post & Courier (Charleston, South Carolina), 21 Jan. 2020



Word Family Quiz

What adjective related to Latin cognōscere begins with "q" and describes things that are pleasingly or strikingly old-fashioned?

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