- 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
Synonyms for cognizance
Related Words for cognizancebearing, notice, perception, observation, cognition, regard, insight, heed, mark, jurisdiction, attention, grasp, recognition, knowledge
Examples from the Web for cognizance
Historical Examples of cognizance
Yet of this interval the utilitarian theory takes no cognizance.Philebus
A searching by, or cognizance of, a magistrate, or other authorized officer.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
The Chinese who have gone have been with Chinese cognizance, but not under Chinese protection.Peking Dust
Ellen N. La Motte
There was no cognizance of anything except this one maddening girl.The Indian On The Trail
Mary Hartwell Catherwood
The wiser they are in intelligence the less perception of cognizance they have.Strictly Business
- 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.