cog·ni·zance /'käg-nə-zəns/ n [Old French connoissance right to acknowledge and adjudicate issues, literally, knowledge, acquaintance, from connoistre to be acquainted with]: jurisdiction

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

index appreciation (perception), apprehension (perception), cognition, comprehension, experience (background), identification, insight, knowledge (awareness), notice (heed), observation, perception, realization, reason (sound judgment), recognition, scienter

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Jurisdiction or judicial notice.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

The power, authority, and ability of a judge to determine a particular legal matter.
A judge's decision to take note of or deal with a cause.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

The power, authority, and ability of a judge to determine a particular legal matter.
A judge's decision to take note of or deal with a cause.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.


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  • Cognizance — Cog ni*zance (? or ?; 277), n. [OF. conissance, conoissance, F. connaissance, LL. cognoscentia, fr. L. cognoscere to know. See {Cognition}, and cf. {Cognoscence}, {Connoisseur}.] 1. Apprehension by the understanding; perception; observation.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cognizance — may refer to: Cognizance, a heraldic badge, emblem or device formerly worn by retainers of a royal or noble house Cognizance, the action of taking judicial notice Cognizance (festival), the annual technical festival of Indian Institute of… …   Wikipedia

  • cognizance — (also cognisance) ► NOUN formal ▪ knowledge or awareness. ● take cognizance of Cf. ↑take cognizance of DERIVATIVES cognizant adjective cognize (also cognise) verb …   English terms dictionary

  • cognizance — [käg′nə zəns; ] occas. [ kän′əzəns] n. [ME cognisaunce < OFr conoissance, knowledge < conoissant, prp. of conoistre, to know < L cognoscere: see COGNITION] 1. perception or knowledge; esp., the range of knowledge possible through… …   English World dictionary

  • cognizance — mid 14c., from Anglo Fr. conysance recognition, later, knowledge, from O.Fr. conoissance acquaintance, recognition; knowledge, wisdom (Mod.Fr. connaissance), from pp. of conoistre to know, from L. cognoscere to get to know, recognize, from com… …   Etymology dictionary

  • cognizance — (Amer.) cog·ni·zance || kÉ‘gnɪzÉ™ns/ kÉ’g n. awareness, perceptiveness, recognition (also cognisance) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cognizance — / cognition [n] understanding acknowledgment, apprehension, attention, awareness, comprehension, discernment, insight, intelligence, knowledge, mind, need, note, notice, observance, observation, perception, percipience, reasoning, recognition,… …   New thesaurus

  • cognizance — [[t]kɒ̱gnɪz(ə)ns[/t]] (in BRIT, also use cognisance) 1) PHRASE: V inflects If you take cognizance of something, you take notice of it or acknowledge it. [FORMAL] The government has in the past not taken cognisance of any protest unless there has… …   English dictionary

  • cognizance — /ko(g)nazans/ Jurisdiction, or the exercise of jurisdiction, or power to try and determine causes; judicial examination of a matter, or power and authority to make it. Judicial notice or knowledge; the judicial hearing of a cause; acknowledgment; …   Black's law dictionary

  • cognizance — noun Etymology: Middle English conisaunce, from Anglo French conissance, from conoistre to know, from Latin cognoscere Date: 14th century 1. a distinguishing mark or emblem (as a heraldic bearing) 2. a. knowledge, awareness …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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