- Law. an acknowledgment or confession by a defendant that the plaintiff's cause, or part of it, is just, wherefore the defendant, to save expense, permits judgment to be entered without trial.
Origin of cognovit
1755–65; < Latin: 3rd person singular perfect of cognōscere to recognize; see cognizance
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Examples from the Web for cognovit
“The wording of the cognovit”—one could speculate on that without seeing it.
His great charge was that they had got a cognovit, or undertaking to pay their costs out of Mrs. Bardell—their own client!
The matter, as we know, was compromised with Dodson and Fogg, so there was no need to scrutinize the Cognovit.
Now to the superficial this seemed to be evaded by the art of the firm in “getting the cognovit out of her.”
Dodson and Fogg,” replied the man; “execution on cognovit for costs.The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 2(of 2)