[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
1. See conscious.
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- (usually foll by of) aware; having knowledge
Word Origin and History for pre-cognizant
1820, back-formation from cognizance.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper