[ kog-nuh-zuhns, kon-uh- ]
/ ˈkɒg nə zəns, ˈkɒn ə- /
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.
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Origin of cognizance
OTHER WORDS FROM cognizancenon·cog·ni·zance, nounself-cog·ni·zance, noun
Words nearby cognizance
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British Dictionary definitions for non-cognizance
/ (ˈkɒɡnɪzəns, ˈkɒnɪ-) /
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 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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