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cognizance

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noun cog·ni·zance \ˈkäg-nə-zən(t)s\

Simple Definition of cognizance

  • : knowledge or awareness of something

Full Definition of cognizance

  1. 1 :  a distinguishing mark or emblem (as a heraldic bearing)

  2. 2 a :  knowledge, awareness <had no cognizance of the situation> b :  notice, acknowledgment <take cognizance of their achievement>

  3. 3 :  jurisdiction, responsibility

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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