[ kog-nuh-zuh-buhl, kon-uh-, kog-nahy- ]
/ ˈkɒg nə zə bəl, ˈkɒn ə-, kɒgˈnaɪ- /


capable of being perceived or known.
being within the jurisdiction of a court.



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Origin of cognizable

First recorded in 1670–80; cogniz(ance) + -able

OTHER WORDS FROM cognizable Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020


What does cognizable mean?

Cognizable means capable of being perceived or known. A close synonym is perceptible.

The related adjective cognizant means aware of something or having knowledge of it. Such awareness can be called cognizance.

In a legal context, cognizable is used in a more specific way meaning within the jurisdiction of a court.

Example: At what point did you become cognizant of the fact that you were not receiving everything that you were promised?

Where does cognizable come from?

The first records of cognizable come from the 1670s. It ultimately comes from the Latin cognōscere, meaning “to know.” The word cognition is based on the same root.

For something to be considered cognizable, it must be able to be known, noticed, or perceived in some way. Being cognizant of something is recognizing that it exists, having knowledge of it, or being aware of it. Some things may be cognizable by some but not cognizable by others, depending on their perceptive abilities.

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What are some other forms related to cognizable?

  • cognizably (adverb)
  • noncognizable (adjective)
  • noncognizably (adjective)

What are some synonyms for cognizable?

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How is cognizable used in real life?

Cognizable is more formal and less commonly used than its synonym perceptible.



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Is cognizable used correctly in the following sentence?

These details are not easily cognizable—you have to look very closely.

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British Dictionary definitions for cognizable



/ (ˈkɒɡnɪzəbəl, ˈkɒnɪ-) /


law susceptible to the jurisdiction of a court

Derived forms of cognizable

cognizably or cognisably, adverb
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