- 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
- 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 non-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.