[kog-nuh-zuh nt, kon-uh-]


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

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. 2019

Examples from the Web for non-cognizant

Historical Examples of non-cognizant

  • Thus Ulysses has rapidly passed from sleep through a series of non-cognizant states, till he beholds the Goddess.

    Homer's Odyssey

    Denton J. Snider

British Dictionary definitions for non-cognizant




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



1820, back-formation from cognizance.

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