[kog-nuh-zuh nt, kon-uh-]
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Origin of cognizant

First recorded in 1810–20; cogniz(ance) + -ant
Related formsnon·cog·ni·zant, adjectivenon·cog·ni·zant·ly, adverbpre·cog·ni·zant, adjectiveun·cog·ni·zant, adjective

Synonym study

1. See conscious. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for cognizant

Contemporary Examples of cognizant

Historical Examples of cognizant

  • And one very cogent reason why they have not, is, that they are not yet cognizant of the loss.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • Mr. Butterby was not cognizant of quite the facts of the case, you see.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • The writer of this letter was cognizant of them, and had sent it that they might be removed.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • Is the Duke of Reist cognizant of this, and willing to accept the throne?

    The Traitors

    E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim

  • Whence it would seem that they are not cognizant of our actions nor of our prayers.

British Dictionary definitions for cognizant



  1. (usually foll by of) aware; having knowledge
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Word Origin and History for cognizant

1820, back-formation from cognizance.

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