Definition of cognizance noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



(British English also -isance) noun
BrE BrE//ˈkɒɡnɪzəns//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːɡnɪzəns//
[uncountable] (formal)
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  • knowledge or understanding of something
  • Word OriginMiddle English conisance, from Old French conoisance, based on Latin cognoscere ‘get to know’. The spelling with g, influenced by Latin, arose in the 15th cent. and gradually affected the pronunciation.Idioms
    take cognizance of something
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    (law) to understand or consider something; to take notice of something In the light of the new evidence that the court can now take cognizance of, the case is dropped.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cognizance