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cognizance


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  Within  the  cognizance  and  lying  under  the  control  of 
  their  divine  Governor.  --Bp.  Hurd 
 
  2.  Recollection;  recognition. 
 
  Who  soon  as  on  that  knight  his  eye  did  glance, 
  Eftsoones  of  him  had  perfect  cognizance.  --Spenser. 
 
  3.  (Law) 
  a  Jurisdiction,  or  the  power  given  by  law  to  hear  and 
  decide  controversies. 
  b  The  hearing  a  matter  judicially. 
  c  An  acknowledgment  of  a  fine  of  lands  and  tenements  or 
  confession  of  a  thing  done  [Eng.] 
  d  A  form  of  defense  in  the  action  of  replevin,  by  which 
  the  defendant  insists  that  the  goods  were  lawfully 
  taken  as  a  distress,  by  defendant,  acting  as  servant 
  for  another.  [Eng.]  --Cowell.  Mozley  &  W. 
 
  4.  The  distinguishing  mark  worn  by  an  armed  knight,  usually 
  upon  the  helmet,  and  by  his  retainers  and  followers: 
  Hence  in  general,  a  badge  worn  by  a  retainer  or 
  dependent,  to  indicate  the  person  or  party  to  which  he 
  belonged;  a  token  by  which  a  thing  may  be  known 
 
  Wearing  the  liveries  and  cognizance  of  their  master. 
  --Prescott. 
 
  This  pale  and  angry  rose,  As  cognizance  of  my 
  blood-drinking  hate.  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  cognizance 
  n  1:  having  knowledge  of  "he  had  no  awareness  of  his  mistakes"; 
  "his  sudden  consciousness  of  the  problem  he  faced"; 
  "their  intelligence  and  general  knowingness  was 
  impressive"  [syn:  {awareness},  {consciousness},  {knowingness}] 
  2:  range  of  what  one  can  know  or  understand  [syn:  {ken}] 
  3:  range  or  scope  of  what  is  perceived 




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