Definition of cognizable in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkäɡnəzəb(ə)l/
Pronunciation: /ˌkäɡˈnīzəb(ə)l/


1 formal Perceptible; clearly identifiable.
Example sentences
  • The bank has reiterated that ‘no cognisable impact’ is anticipated in the financial markets on account of the dollar outflow.
  • We do not disagree with your Honour that in those circumstances such a group may nevertheless still be a cognisable social group.
  • The mere meeting of competitors to exchange information, without this producing any cognizable impact on the market, would not amount to a concerted practice.
2 Law Within the jurisdiction of a court.
Example sentences
  • These facts, together, add up to a cognizable malpractice claim.
  • Each of these men could resort to the civil courts to enforce rights cognisable in those courts.
  • In such circumstances, a claim may be cognizable under Article 3 which would fail under the Convention on Refugees.


Late 17th century: from cognizance + -able.

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Syllabification: cog·ni·za·ble

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