cognizance

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noun cog·ni·zance \ˈkäg-nə-zən(t)s\

Definition of cognizance

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

  2. 2a :  knowledge, awareness had no cognizance of the situationb :  notice, acknowledgment take cognizance of their achievement

  3. 3 :  jurisdiction, responsibility

Examples of cognizance in a sentence

  1. They seemed to have no cognizance of the crime.

  2. take cognizance of what is happening

Origin and Etymology of cognizance

Middle English conisaunce, from Anglo-French conissance, from conoistre to know, from Latin cognoscere —see cognition


First Known Use: 14th century


COGNIZANCE Defined for English Language Learners

cognizance

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noun cog·ni·zance \ˈkäg-nə-zən(t)s\

Definition of cognizance for English Language Learners

  • : knowledge or awareness of something


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cognizance

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noun cog·ni·zance \ˈkäg-nə-zəns\

Legal Definition of cognizance

Origin and Etymology of cognizance

Old French connoissance right to acknowledge and adjudicate issues, literally, knowledge, acquaintance, from connoistre to be acquainted with




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