- 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
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Examples from the Web for 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
- 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 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.