cognovit

cognovit
noun acknowledged judgment, adjudication, admitted judgment, conceded judgment, confessed judgment, confirmed judgment, decision, declaration, decree, determination, disclosed judgment, finding, legal decision

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


cognovit
n. Latin He has conceded. An acknowledgment of a debt or liability in the form of the debtor's written consent to a judgment taken against the debtor by the creditor, if a particular event does or does not occur.
@ cognovit clause
n. A contractual provision whereby a party agrees to the entry of a judgment against him in a particular court or courts without any notice or opportunity to present a defense if he should default on his obligations or otherwise breach the contract. The use of such clauses are outlawed or restricted in most states.
@ cognovit judgment
n.
1 A person or entity's voluntary agreement to the entry against them of a judgment in favor of another person or entity upon the occurrence or non-occurrence of an event without the cost, formality, or time of a legal action or the presentation of a defense in court. Also called confession of judgment.
2 A judgment taken against a defendant by a plaintiff pursuant to such an agreement, especially if the defendant owes money to the plaintiff at the time the agreement was made, and the event that allows the plaintiff to enter the judgment is the defendant's failure to pay the amount owed or a portion thereof on time. Also called confession of judgment.
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Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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  • cognovit — [käg nō′vit] n. [short for L cognovit actionem, lit., he has acknowledged the action] Law a written acknowledgment of a debt, esp. as contained in a note (cognovit note), by which the debtor authorizes that judgment be entered for the creditor… …   English World dictionary

  • Cognovit — Cog*no vit, n. [L., he has acknowledged.] (Law) An instrument in writing whereby a defendant in an action acknowledges a plaintiff s demand to be just. Mozley & W. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cognovit — See cognovit actionem; cognovit note …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • cognovit — /kog noh vit/, n. Law. 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. [1755 65; < L: 3rd pers. sing.… …   Universalium

  • cognovit — noun An instrument in writing whereby a defendant in an action acknowledges a plaintiffs demand to be just …   Wiktionary

  • cognovit — n. confession by the defendant that the suit against him is just (in order to receive sentencing without a trial) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cognovit — cog·no·vit …   English syllables

  • cognovit — /ˈkɒgnəvɪt/ (say kognuhvit) noun Law Obsolete a formal acknowledgement by a defendant that the plaintiff s cause, or a part of it, was just. {Latin: he or she acknowledged} …   Australian-English dictionary

  • cognovit —   n. Law, admission by defendant of justice of plaintiff s case …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • cognovit — /kog noh vit/, n. Law. 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. [1755 65; L: 3rd pers. sing. perfect …   Useful english dictionary

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