Cognizance

Definition of Cognizance

Cog´ni`zance
n.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) Jurisdiction, or the power given by law to hear and decide controversies.
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.

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acknowledgment, apperception, appreciation, appreciativeness, attention, awareness, benediction, cognition, consciousness, credit, crediting, due, grace, heed, hymn, insight, mark, mind, mindfulness, noesis, note, notice, observance, observation, paean, perception, praise, prayer of thanks, realization, recognition, regard, remark, right, sensibility, thank offering, thank-you, thanks, thanksgiving, what is owing
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