- 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.
- An example of cognizance is awareness of one's surroundings.
- An example of cognizance is a traffic court hearing.
cognizance definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English cognisaunce ; from Old French conoissance, knowledge ; from conoissant, present participle of conoistre, to know ; from Classical Latin cognoscere: see cognition
cognizance definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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: Middle English conissaunce, from Old French conoissance, from connoistre, to know, from Latin cognōscere, to learn; see cognition.
cognizance - Phrases/Idioms
take cognizance of