cognovit clause - Legal Definition
Webster's New World Law Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey.
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.
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