Cognizance Definition

kŏgnĭ-zəns
noun
Perception or knowledge; esp., the range of knowledge possible through observation.
Webster's New World
Official observation of or authority over something.
Webster's New World
The range of what one can know or understand.
American Heritage
Observance; notice.
We will take cognizance of your objections at the proper time.
American Heritage
The hearing of a case in court.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
incognizance
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Other Word Forms of Cognizance

Noun

Singular:
cognizance
Plural:
cognizances

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Cognizance

  • take cognizance of

Origin of Cognizance

  • 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

  • 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

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