- judicial notice as taken by a court in dealing with a cause.
- the right of taking jurisdiction, as possessed by a court.
- acknowledgment; admission, as a plea admitting the fact alleged in the declaration.
- cognitive science,
- cognitive therapy,
Origin of cognizance
Examples from the Web for cognisance
Weareth he not the Earl of Leicester's badge and cognisance?
Questioned, if she knew that any other persons had said or done anything which came under the cognisance of the Holy Office.Records of The Spanish Inquisition|Andrew Dickson White
They are such as come very imperfectly, or not at all, within the cognisance of the unarmed eye.A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century|Agnes M. (Agnes Mary) Clerke
Then came the thought of Mr. Thornton's cognisance of her falsehood.North and South|Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
We need not talk of punishing successful rebellion—it is unsuccessful rebellion that comes under the cognisance of the law.
- the right of a court to hear and determine a cause or matter
- knowledge of certain facts upon which the court must act without requiring proof
- mainly USconfession
Word Origin for cognizance
mid-14c., from Anglo-French conysance "recognition," later, "knowledge," from Old French conoissance "acquaintance, recognition; knowledge, wisdom" (Modern French connaissance), from past participle of conoistre "to know," from Latin cognoscere "to get to know, recognize," from com- "together" (see co-) + gnoscere "to know" (see notice (n.)). The -g- was restored in English spelling 15c. and has gradually affected the pronunciation, which was always "con-." The old pronunciation lingered longest in legal use.