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[kog-noh-vit] /kɒgˈnoʊ vɪt/
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • “The wording of the cognovit”—one could speculate on that without seeing it.

    Bardell v. Pickwick Percy Fitzgerald
  • His great charge was that they had got a cognovit, or undertaking to pay their costs out of Mrs. Bardell—their own client!

    Bardell v. Pickwick Percy Fitzgerald
  • The matter, as we know, was compromised with Dodson and Fogg, so there was no need to scrutinize the cognovit.

    Bardell v. Pickwick Percy Fitzgerald
  • Now to the superficial this seemed to be evaded by the art of the firm in “getting the cognovit out of her.”

    Bardell v. Pickwick Percy Fitzgerald
  • Dodson and Fogg,” replied the man; “execution on cognovit for costs.

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