contr. leading. A written confession of an action by a
defendant, subscribed but not sealed, and authorizing the plaintiff to sign
judgment and issue execution, usually for a sum named.
2. It is given after the action is brought to save expense.
3. It differs from a warrant of attorney, which is given before the commencement
of any action, and is under seal. A cognovit actionem is an acknowledgment
and confession of the plaintiff"s cause of action against the defendant
to be just and true. Vide 3 Ch. Pr. 664; 3 Bouv. Inst. n. 8299.
Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition
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