recognition

[rek-uhg-nish-uhn]

noun


Origin of recognition

1425–75; late Middle English recognicion (< Old French) < Latin recognitiōn- (stem of recognitiō), equivalent to recognit(us) (past participle of recognōscere; see recognize) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsrec·og·ni·tion·al, adjectivere·cog·ni·tive [ri-kog-ni-tiv] /rɪˈkɒg nɪ tɪv/, re·cog·ni·to·ry [ri-kog-ni-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /rɪˈkɒg nɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectivepre·rec·og·ni·tion, nounun·re·cog·ni·to·ry, adjective

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recognition

noun

the act of recognizing or fact of being recognized
acceptance or acknowledgment of a claim, duty, fact, truth, etc
a token of thanks or acknowledgment
formal acknowledgment of a government or of the independence of a country
mainly US and Canadian an instance of a chairman granting a person the right to speak in a deliberative body, debate, etc
Derived Formsrecognitive (rɪˈkɒɡnɪtɪv) or recognitory, adjective

Word Origin for recognition

C15: from Latin recognitiō, from recognoscere to know again, from re- + cognoscere to know, ascertain
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Word Origin and History for recognition
n.

mid-15c., "knowledge of an event or incident; understanding," from Middle French recognition (15c.) and directly from Latin recognitionem (nominative recognitio) "a reviewing, investigation, examination," noun of action from past participle stem of recognoscere "to acknowledge, know again; examine" (see recognize).

Sense of "formal avowal of knowledge and approval" is from 1590s; especially acknowledgement of the independence of a country by a state formerly exercising sovereignty (1824). Meaning "a knowing again" is from 1798.

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recognition in Medicine

recognition

[rĕk′əg-nĭshən]

n.

An awareness that something perceived has been perceived before.
The ability of one molecule to attach itself to another molecule having a complementary shape, as in enzyme-substrate interactions.
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recognition in Culture

recognition

In diplomacy, the act by which one nation acknowledges that a foreign government is a legitimate government and exchanges diplomats with it. The withholding of recognition is a way for one government to show its disapproval of another.

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