cognizance

noun cog·ni·zance \ ˈkäg-nə-zən(t)s \

Definition of cognizance

1 : a distinguishing mark or emblem (such 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 in a Sentence

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

  2. take cognizance of what is happening

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Origin and Etymology of cognizance

Middle English cognisaunce, latinization (after cognōscere and its derivatives) of conissaunce, conoisance "knowledge, understanding, distinguishing mark (as on a shield)," borrowed from Anglo-French conoisance, conisance, from conisant, conoissant "aware, mindful" (from present participle of conoistre "to know, be aware of," going back to Latin cognōscere "to get to know, acquire knowledge of") + -ance -ance — more at cognition



COGNIZANCE Defined for English Language Learners

cognizance

noun

Definition of cognizance for English Language Learners

  • : knowledge or awareness of something


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cognizance

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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