From Latin cognosco
cognosce (third-person singular simple present cognosces, present participle cognoscing, simple past and past participle cognosced)
- (transitive) To determine a person to be insane or mentally incompetent.
- 1869, Hugh Barclay, I. S. H. Laidlaw, The Journal of Jurisprudence, Volume 13:
- […] directing him to enquire whether the Person sought to be Cognosced is Insane, who is his nearest Agnate, and whether such Agnate is of lawful age […]
- (law, Scotland) To examine; to give judgment.