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recognizance

[ ri-kog-nuh-zuhns, -kon-uh- ]
/ rɪˈkɒg nə zəns, -ˈkɒn ə- /
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noun
Law.
  1. a bond or obligation of record entered into before a court of record or a magistrate, binding a person to do a particular act.
  2. the sum pledged as surety on such a bond.
Archaic. recognition.
Archaic. a token; badge.
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Origin of recognizance

1350–1400; Middle English reconissaunce, recognisance<Old French reconuissance.See recognize, -ance
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British Dictionary definitions for recognizance

recognizance

recognisance

/ (rɪˈkɒɡnɪzəns) /

noun
law
  1. a bond entered into before a court or magistrate by which a person binds himself to do a specified act, as to appear in court on a stated day, keep the peace, or pay a debt
  2. a monetary sum pledged to the performance of such an act
an obsolete word for recognition

Derived forms of recognizance

recognizant or recognisant, adjective

Word Origin for recognizance

C14: from Old French reconoissance, from reconoistre to recognize
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