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[kog-ney-shuh n]
  1. cognate relationship.
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Origin of cognation

1350–1400; Middle English cognacioun (< Anglo-French, Old French) < Latin cognātiōn- (stem of cognātiō) kinship, equivalent to cognāt(us) cognate + -iōn- -ion
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Examples from the Web for cognation

Historical Examples

  • The evidence of cognation is derived exclusively from the vocabulary.

    Indian Linguistic Families Of America, North Of Mexico

    John Wesley Powell

  • Sir H. Maine says that the prtors early laid hold on cognation as the natural form of kinship.


    John Francis Arundell

  • Perhaps the latter infers how close the cognation of the creative and the critical faculty.

  • Again, deportation to an island, which entails minor or intermediate loss of status, destroys rights by cognation.

    The Institutes of Justinian

    Caesar Flavius Justinian

  • Neither coincidences nor borrowed material, however, can be properly regarded as evidence of cognation.