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[kog-nuh-zuh-buh l, kon-uh-, kog-nahy-]
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  1. capable of being perceived or known.
  2. being within the jurisdiction of a court.
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Origin of cognizable

First recorded in 1670–80; cogniz(ance) + -able
Related formscog·ni·za·bly, adverbnon·cog·ni·za·ble, adjectivenon·cog·ni·za·bly, adverbpre·cog·ni·za·ble, adjectiveun·cog·ni·za·ble, adjective
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Related Words for cognizable

observable, discernible, distinct, detectable, appreciable, palpable, distinguishable, audible, apparent, clear, conspicuous, evident, lucid, perceivable, perspicuous, sensible, signal, tangible, understandable, visible

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British Dictionary definitions for cognizable



  1. perceptible
  2. law susceptible to the jurisdiction of a court
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Derived Formscognizably or cognisably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for cognizable


1670s, "capable of being known," also "liable to be tried in a given court or jurisdiction," from stem of cognizance + -able.

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