cognovit

[kog-noh-vit]
noun
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.

Origin:
1755–65; < Latin: 3rd person singular perfect of cognōscere to recognize; see cognizance

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Because the defendant has never had the chance to be heard in cognovit proceedings, he should be given his day in court.
He alleged that the second mortgage holder foreclosed on the subject property, obtaining a cognovit judgment against appellant.
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