cognizance


cog·ni·zance

noun \ˈkäg-nə-zən(t)s\

: knowledge or awareness of something

Full Definition of COGNIZANCE

1
:  a distinguishing mark or emblem (as a heraldic bearing)
2
a :  knowledge, awareness <had no cognizance of the situation>
b :  notice, acknowledgment <take cognizance of their achievement>

Examples of COGNIZANCE

  1. They seemed to have no cognizance of the crime.
  2. <take cognizance of what is happening>

Origin of COGNIZANCE

Middle English conisaunce, from Anglo-French conissance, from conoistre to know, from Latin cognoscere
First Known Use: 14th century

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