- An example of cognizance is awareness of one's surroundings.
- An example of cognizance is a traffic court hearing.
The definition of cognizance means the range of what one can observe and understand, or the right to deal with a legal case in the court system.
- perception or knowledge; esp., the range of knowledge possible through observation
- official observation of or authority over something
- Heraldry a distinguishing badge or device
- the hearing of a case in court
- the right or power of dealing with a matter judicially; jurisdiction
Origin of cognizanceMiddle English cognisaunce from Old French conoissance, knowledge from conoissant, present participle of conoistre, to know from Classical Latin cognoscere: see cognition
take cognizance of
to notice or recognize
- Conscious knowledge or recognition; awareness.
- The range of what one can know or understand.
- Observance; notice: We will take cognizance of your objections at the proper time.
- Law Acknowledgment, recognition, or jurisdiction; the assumption of jurisdiction in a case.
- Heraldry A crest or badge worn to distinguish the bearer.
Origin of cognizanceMiddle English conissaunce from Old French conoissance from connoistre to know from Latin cognōscere to learn ; see cognition .