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cognizance

or cog·ni·sance

[ kog-nuh-zuhns, kon-uh- ]
/ ˈkɒg nə zəns, ˈkɒn ə- /
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noun

awareness, realization, or knowledge; notice; perception: The guests took cognizance of the snide remark.
Law.
  1. judicial notice as taken by a court in dealing with a cause.
  2. the right of taking jurisdiction, as possessed by a court.
  3. 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.

RELATED WORDS

bearing, notice, perception, observation, cognition, regard, insight, heed, mark, jurisdiction, attention, grasp, recognition, knowledge

Nearby words

cognitive science, cognitive therapy, cognitively, cognitivism, cognizable, cognizance, cognizant, cognize, cognomen, cognoscence, cognoscente

Origin of cognizance

1250–1300; Middle English conisa(u)nce < Middle French con(o)is(s)ance, equivalent to conois(tre) to know (< Latin cognōscere; see cognition) + -ance -ance; forms with -g- (< Latin) from the 16th century
SYNONYMS FOR cognizance
Related formsnon·cog·ni·zance, nounself-cog·ni·zance, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for cognizance

cognizance

cognisance

/ (ˈkɒɡnɪzəns, ˈkɒnɪ-) /

noun

knowledge; acknowledgment
take cognizance of to take notice of; acknowledge, esp officially
the range or scope of knowledge or perception
law
  1. the right of a court to hear and determine a cause or matter
  2. knowledge of certain facts upon which the court must act without requiring proof
  3. mainly US confession
heraldry a distinguishing badge or bearing

Word Origin for cognizance

C14: from Old French conoissance, from conoistre to know, from Latin cognōscere to learn; see cognition
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Word Origin and History for cognizance

cognizance


n.

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.

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