Cognizance definition

kŏgnĭ-zəns
Conscious knowledge or recognition; awareness.
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Conscious knowledge or recognition; awareness.
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The range of what one can know or understand.
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Observance; notice.

We will take cognizance of your objections at the proper time.

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(heraldry) A crest or badge worn to distinguish the bearer.
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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.

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(law) Acknowledgment, recognition, or jurisdiction; the assumption of jurisdiction in a case.
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The hearing of a case in court.
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The right or power of dealing with a matter judicially; jurisdiction.
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An emblem, badge or device, used as a distinguishing mark by the body of retainers of a royal or noble house.
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Perception or knowledge; esp., the range of knowledge possible through observation.
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Official observation of or authority over something.
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(heraldry) A distinguishing badge or device.
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take cognizance of
  • to notice or recognize
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
cognizance
Plural:
cognizances

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

take cognizance of

Origin of cognizance

  • Middle English conissaunce from Old French conoissance from connoistre to know from Latin cognōscere to learn cognition

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman conysance (“recognition," later, "knowledge”), from Old French conoissance (“acquaintance, recognition; knowledge, wisdom”), from conoistre (“to know”), from Latin cognōscō (“know”), from con (“with”) + gnōscō (“know”).

    From Wiktionary