Definition of cognizable in English:


(British cognisable)


  • 1formal Perceptible; clearly identifiable.

    • ‘The mere meeting of competitors to exchange information, without this producing any cognizable impact on the market, would not amount to a concerted practice.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is natural for a metal, which is also endowed with a number of other qualities, like being divisible, portable, cognizable, etc., to be the general medium of exchange.’
    • ‘The first lesson in diagnosis is, that this wrong finds a distinct and uniform expression in the outward manifestations of life, cognizable by our senses.’
  • 2Law
    Within the jurisdiction of a court.

    ‘a cognizable claim’
    • ‘Cruelty against women was made a cognisable crime in 1984 which is a great help to victims of domestic violence.’
    • ‘What does one do if police station staff do not accept complaints in cases of cognisable offences?’
    • ‘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.