- 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
Examples from the Web for cognizance
All that we know is that they existed from the remotest period of which we have cognizance, long before the pyramids were built.Beacon Lights of History, Volume II|John Lord
There is also another matter of which McGraw has cognizance, and he must agree to drop that too.The Long Chance|Peter B. Kyne
I think he has a clear perception of matters demanding his cognizance, and a nice discrimination of details.A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital|John Beauchamp Jones
The good Hebrew Revelation takes no cognizance of all this cheerful snow.Excursions and Poems|Henry David Thoreau
It shall have no original jurisdiction of matters within the cognizance of the provincial and municipal tribunals.The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume I.(of III) 1555-66|John Lothrop Motley
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
Word Origin for cognizance
Word Origin and History 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.