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cognisance (ˈkɒɡnɪzəns) 



  1. (British) = cognizance

cognizance or cognisance (ˈkɒɡnɪzəns Pronunciation for ˈkɒnɪ-)



  1. knowledge; acknowledgment
  2. See take cognizance of

  3. the range or scope of knowledge or perception
  4. (law)
    1. the right of a court to hear and determine a cause or matter
    2. knowledge of certain facts upon which the court must act without requiring proof
    3. (mainly US) confession
  5. (heraldry) a distinguishing badge or bearing

Word Origin

C14: from Old French conoissance, from conoistre to know, from Latin cognōscere to learn; see cognition

Example Sentences Including 'cognisance'

"We would like to think that our Department of Health would take cognisance of NICE guidelines.
Belfast Telegraph (2004)
But even while taking cognisance of the report, the Government chose to overlook portions that went against its police force.
India Today (1997)
Chips with everything WITH the greatest reluctance, Billboard takes cognisance of Scottish Opera's latest production.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
My initial reasons for believing in the men's innocence were ones of which the law takes no cognisance at all.
Kennedy, Ludovic On My Way to the Club
The local authorities, in considering planning applications, will have due cognisance of these documents," she said.
Irish Times (2002)
The rand is also very strong and the market is taking some cognisance of that," a dealer said.
Mail and Guardian (2004)


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