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1 : capable of being known
: capable of being recognized as a group because of a common characteristic (as race or gender) NOTE: Systematic exclusion of members of a cognizable group from a jury violates the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution, which requires that jurors be selected from jury pools that represent a fair cross section of the community.
2 : capable of being judicially heard and determined [a claim]
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.