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



(British English also -isance) noun
BrE BrE//ˈkɒɡnɪzəns//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːɡnɪzəns//
[uncountable] (law)
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a promise by somebody who is accused of a crime to appear in court on a particular date; a sum of money paid as a guarantee of this promise Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French reconnissance, from reconnaistre ‘recognize’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: recognizance