Definition of Cognizance

1. Noun. Having knowledge of. "Their intelligence and general knowingness was impressive"

Exact synonyms: Awareness, Cognisance, Consciousness, Knowingness
Specialized synonyms: Self-awareness, Feel, Sense
Generic synonyms: Knowing
Attributes: Aware, Cognisant, Cognizant, Incognizant, Unaware
Derivative terms: Aware, Aware, Cognisant, Cognise, Cognizant, Cognize, Conscious, Knowing, Knowing, Knowing
Antonyms: Incognizance

2. Noun. Range of what one can know or understand. "Beyond my ken"
Exact synonyms: Ken
Generic synonyms: Knowing

3. Noun. Range or scope of what is perceived.
Generic synonyms: Perception

Definition of Cognizance

1. n. Apprehension by the understanding; perception; observation.

Definition of Cognizance

1. Noun. An emblem, badge or device, used as a distinguishing mark by the body of retainers of a royal or noble house. ¹

2. Noun. Notice or awareness. ¹

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Definition of Cognizance

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cognizance

cognitive process
cognitive psychology
cognitive reappraisal
cognitive relativism
cognitive science
cognitive sciences
cognitive scientist
cognitive state
cognitive symptoms
cognitive therapy
cognizance (current term)

Literary usage of Cognizance

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Commentaries on the Laws of England by William Blackstone, William Gardiner Hammond (1890)
"OF THE cognizance OF PRIVATE WRONGS. We are now to proceed to the cognizance of private wrongs; that is, to consider in which of the vast variety of courts, ..."

2. Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society Held at Philadelphia for by American Philosophical Society (1921)
"National and State Laws subject to International cognizance. There appears, however, to be an exception to this rule in the cognizance which foreign nations ..."

3. The History of the Virginia Federal Convention of 1788 by Hugh Blair Grigsby (1890)
"Its cognizance in all cases arising under that system, and the laws of Congress, ... I also admit that they ought to have judicial cognizance in all cases ..."

4. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1912)
"When, therefore, by the provisions of that instrument, cognizance of such cases was granted to the Federal court without words of exclusion, the principle ..."

5. Laws of the State of New York by New York (State). (1802)
"... who makes cognizance for an7 rent, the soui-t, prayer of the defendant, award a writ to ... or cognizance, if the beads', er goods and chattels I'o ..."

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