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[kog-nuh-zuh-buh l, kon-uh-, kog-nahy-]
  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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Examples from the Web for uncognizable

Historical Examples

  • For in precisely the measure in which the individual thing bears in itself a material element is it uncognizable.

    A History of Philosophy in Epitome

    Albert Schwegler

  • To regard power as uncognizable, is only a self-deception of the understanding respecting its own doing.

British Dictionary definitions for uncognizable



  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 uncognizable



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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