cognizant

[ kog-nuh-zuh nt, kon-uh- ]
/ ˈkɒg nə zənt, ˈkɒn ə- /

adjective

having cognizance; aware (usually followed by of): He was cognizant of the difficulty.
having legal cognizance or jurisdiction.

Nearby words

  1. cognitive therapy,
  2. cognitively,
  3. cognitivism,
  4. cognizable,
  5. cognizance,
  6. cognize,
  7. cognomen,
  8. cognoscence,
  9. cognoscente,
  10. cognoscenti

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.

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British Dictionary definitions for cognizant

cognizant

cognisant

/ (ˈkɒɡnɪzənt, ˈkɒnɪ-) /

adjective

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

cognizant

adj.

1820, back-formation from cognizance.

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