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[kog-nuh-zuh nt, kon-uh-] /ˈkɒg nə zənt, ˈkɒn ə-/
having cognizance; aware (usually followed by of):
He was cognizant of the difficulty.
having legal cognizance or jurisdiction.
Origin of cognizant
First recorded in 1810-20; cogniz(ance) + -ant
Related forms
noncognizant, adjective
noncognizantly, adverb
precognizant, adjective
uncognizant, adjective
Synonym Study
1. See conscious. Unabridged
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  • Sentence to punishment for crime, except when the conviction was prior to the marriage and the other party was cognizant of it.

  • There are indeed signs that even our Government is cognizant of this.

    Science and Morals and Other Essays Bertram Coghill Alan Windle
  • It must also be cognizant of man's lust and weakness, ours is so.

  • But would not this also make her cognizant of the taking of the dispatch-box?

    Clarence Bret Harte
  • He might be anything but fine in his private life, of course, and Harry might be cognizant of the fact.

    The Search Grace Livingston Hill
British Dictionary definitions for cognizant


/ˈkɒɡnɪzənt; ˈkɒnɪ-/
(usually foll by of) aware; having knowledge
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for cognizant

1820, back-formation from cognizance.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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