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cognizance or cognisance (ˈkɒɡnɪzəns 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 'cognizance'

Basic policy does not fall within my cognizance , and such things can only be initiated by the Bureau.
Asimov, Isaac The Complete Stories Volume 2
It was a moment of shared cognizance as we saw one another through the bond.
Robin Hobb THE GOLDEN FOOL: Book Two of the Tawny Man (2002)


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