- 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.
Origin of cognizance
OTHER WORDS FROM cognizancenon·cog·ni·zance, nounself-cog·ni·zance, noun
How to use cognizance in a sentence
Daily ascending the companion-ladder to the main-deck aft, she gradually faded from cognisance forward.Hilda|Sarah Jeanette Duncan
The Peasant Revolt compelled Parliament to take cognisance of industrial difficulties.The Influence and Development of English Gilds|Francis Aiden Hibbert
And now once more I was sufficiently rational to take cognisance of the flight of time.A Middy of the King|Harry Collingwood
The authorities had already taken cognisance of their deaths and had drawn up their preliminary report.Greifenstein|F. Marion Crawford
Above, on the earth, midday must have sounded—for those who still have cognisance of the sun and the hours.Egypt (La Mort De Philae)|Pierre Loti
British Dictionary definitions for cognizance
- 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 US confession