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Meaning of cognovit

cog•no•vit

Pronunciation: (kog-nō'vit), [key]
— n.
  1. an acknowledgment or confession by a defendant that the plaintiff's cause, or part of it, is just, wherefore the defendant, to save expense, permits judgment to be entered without trial.
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