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- n. relatives by the mother's side
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. Relatives by the mother's side.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Persons related by birth; specifically, the descendants of the same pair. See cognation, 1.
Deum rogat, non pro salute mariti, filii, cognati vota suscipit, sed pro reditu moechi si abest, pro valetudine lenonis si aegrotet.
[A.D. 1051] Et ecc�, inclytus nunc rex noster Angli�, tunc adhunc comes Normanni� Wilhelmus ad colloquium tunc regis Angli� Edwardi cognati sui, cum grandi ministrantium comitatu Londonias aduentabat, Quibus citius insertus, ingerens me vb韖ue ad omnia emergentia negotia peragenda, cum prosper� plurima perfecissem, in breui agnitus Ilustrissimo comiti et astrictissim� adamatus, cum ipso Normanniam enauigabam.
Postrem� pro conscientia Brunonis cognati interempti, et (vt quidam dicunt) fratris Ierosolimam abijt: indeque rediens, a Saracenis circumuentus, et ad mortem c鎠us est.
But relations by the father's side were also called agnati, to distinguish them from cognati, relations only by the mother's side.
 Agnates (_agnati_) are relatives by blood or through adoption on male side only; cognates (_cognati_) are blood-relatives on either male or female side.
His direct lineal descendants are excluded, as we have said, from the island for ever; but his relatives, by whom we presume to be meant his _cognati_ or kinspeople in the female line, not his _agnati_, are allowed to live in Kandy, suffering only the slight restriction of confinement to one street out of five, which compose this ancient metropolis.
Here, again, changes were effected by the edict, "Unde cognati", and by the
The prætor, however, provided for the more remote in the edict, "Unde cognati".
Servile cognation (that contracted in slavery) had been an impediment of marriage; but the slave woman, manumitted with her children, could not avail herself either of the Senatus-consultum Tertullianum or of the possession of goods derived from the edict "Unde cognati".
The tenth kind, which was called unde cognati manumissoris, we have very properly abolished for reasons which have been already stated: thus leaving in full operation only six ordinary kinds of possession of goods.
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