- a bond or obligation of record entered into before a court of record or a magistrate, binding a person to do a particular act.
- the sum pledged as surety on such a bond.
- Archaic. recognition.
- Archaic. a token; badge.
Origin of recognizance
Examples from the Web for recognizance
He was released within the hour without a bond on his own recognizance.What Would Happen if I Got in White Cop’s Face?
December 30, 2014
Williams was released on his own recognizance over the weekend and is expected back before a judge on Feb. 9, 2015.Exposed: The Gay-Bashing Pastor’s Same-Sex Assault
December 21, 2014
Addison spent four nights in jail, she told me on FaceTime during a period when she was out on her own recognizance.Let’s Free Stacey Addison, The Oregon Woman Jailed at the Ends of the Earth
October 30, 2014
Luchkiw was released on her own recognizance, as would have normally been the case in such a bust.A Sax Player, Then a Suspect After Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Final Act
February 7, 2014
She was released on her recognizance and is now back on the streets.Amanda Bynes Wigs Out
May 24, 2013
"A writ of recognizance," the fat man said, handing his paper to the captain.The Status Civilization
In the Paunsford recognizance Ralegh is set down as of the Court in 1577.Sir Walter Ralegh
Amos Jolliff discharged from his recognizance to attend as a witness.The Old Pike
Thomas B. Searight
While here we one afternoon received orders to prepare for a recognizance.Reminiscences of a Private
Frank M. Mixson
It was a reprehensible affair, but he was released upon his own recognizance.
- a bond entered into before a court or magistrate by which a person binds himself to do a specified act, as to appear in court on a stated day, keep the peace, or pay a debt
- a monetary sum pledged to the performance of such an act
- an obsolete word for recognition
Word Origin and History for recognizance
early 14c., reconisaunce, "a bond acknowledging some obligation binding one over to do some particular act," from Old French reconissance "acknowledgment, recognition" (12c., Modern French reconnaissance), from reconoiss-, present participle stem of reconoistre (see recognize). Related: Recognizant.