- awareness, realization, or knowledge; notice; perception: The guests took cognizance of the snide remark.
- 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.
- the range or scope of knowledge, observation, etc.: Such understanding is beyond his cognizance.
- Heraldry. a device by which a person or a person's servants or property can be recognized; badge.
Origin of cognizance
Synonyms for cognizance
Examples from the Web for cognisance
Historical Examples of cognisance
His Majesty had cognisance of it, and forbade the publication of the names.The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete
Madame La Marquise De Montespan
I am here with her cognisance; indeed, by this time she thinks 'tis all over.Tancred
His mind had fastened upon a hundred things of which she had taken no cognisance.The Day of Judgment
Then came the thought of Mr. Thornton's cognisance of her falsehood.North and South
Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
The Navy, however, takes no cognisance of zeal, if misplaced.The Story of Our Submarines
John Graham Bower
- knowledge; acknowledgment
- take cognizance of to take notice of; acknowledge, esp officially
- the range or scope of knowledge or perception
- 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
- heraldry a distinguishing badge or bearing
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.