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recognizance or recognisance (rɪˈkɒɡnɪzəns Pronunciation for )



  1. (law)
    1. a bond entered into before a court or magistrate by which a person binds himself to do a specified act, as to appear in court on a stated day, keep the peace, or pay a debt
    2. a monetary sum pledged to the performance of such an act
  2. an obsolete word for recognition

Derived Forms

reˈcognizant, reˈcognisant adjective

Word Origin

C14: from Old French reconoissance, from reconoistre to recognize

Example Sentences Including 'recognizance'

Cartwright debriefed her the following morning, then released her on her own recognizance , pending further enquiries.
Terman, Douglas Cormorant
Despite the inept storage of the shotgun, police cut its owner loose on his own recognizance.
Toronto Sun (2003)
In the meantime, thanks to the Bail Reform Act, they were freed on their own recognizance and told to return a month later for the hearing.
Wood, Ted Fools Gold
In this case, Love will be allowed to remain free on her own recognizance.
canada.com (2004)


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