• WordNet 3.6
    • n cognizance 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"
    • n cognizance range or scope of what is perceived
    • n cognizance range of what one can know or understand "beyond my ken"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cognizance (Law) 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.
    • Cognizance (Law) An acknowledgment of a fine of lands and tenements or confession of a thing done.
    • Cognizance Apprehension by the understanding; perception; observation. "Within the cognizance and lying under the control of their divine Governor."
    • Cognizance (Law) Jurisdiction, or the power given by law to hear and decide controversies.
    • Cognizance Recollection; recognition. "Who, soon as on that knight his eye did glance,
      Eftsoones of him had perfect cognizance ."
    • Cognizance 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.""This pale and angry rose,
      As cognizance of my blood-drinking hate."
    • Cognizance (Law) The hearing a matter judicially.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cognizance Knowledge or notice; perception; observation: now chiefly in the phrase take cognizance.
    • n cognizance In law: The exercise of jurisdiction; a taking of authoritative notice, as of a cause.
    • n cognizance Acknowledgment; admission, as a plea admitting the fact alleged in the declaration; a fine sur conusance de droit.
    • n cognizance A plea in replevin, that defendant holds the goods in the right of another as his bailiff or servant. See avowry.
    • n cognizance Any badge borne to facilitate recognition. Before the introduction of systematic heraldry, nobles and leaders adopted simple bearings to be depicted upon a pennon or a shield, and the earliest heraldry was little more than the classification of these. Later, since no parts of the arms proper could be borne but by those who had a legal right to them, with the exception of heralds and pursuivants, some emblem was adopted as a cognizance which could be worn by all the retainers of a noble house. See badge.
    • n cognizance In heraldry, the armorial surcoat, or the crest, when worn, as being the only means by which a man in complete armor could be recognized.
    • n cognizance Also spelled cognisance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Cognizance knowledge or notice, judicial or private: observation: jurisdiction: that by which one is known, a badge
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  • Edgar Allan Poe
    “Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. conissance, conoissance, F. connaissance, LL. cognoscentia, fr. L. cognoscere, to know. See Cognition, and cf. Cognoscence Connoisseur
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., from cognoscĕre, cognitumco-, together, and noscĕre, gnoscĕre, to know.


In literature:

She knew this, she was quite cognizant of the fact that it pleased her.
"The Man and the Moment" by Elinor Glyn
This Court, which then will have to deal with the case, shall take cognizance of the case, and in the last resort pronounce sentence.
"Selected Official Documents of the South African Republic and Great Britain" by Various
This might be called the floral cognizance of the house of Rothschild.
"About Orchids" by Frederick Boyle
Putnam was personally cognizant of this fact.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 110, December, 1866" by Various
Policy, however, including bad policy, does not come within the official cognizance of the anthropologist.
"Anthropology" by Robert Marett
But in a small way, the same manner of acting falls under the cognizance of us all.
"Notes on Nursing" by Florence Nightingale
All promotions, spiritual and temporal, pass under her cognizance.
"Andrew Marvell" by Augustine Birrell
Berthier was cognizant of all the head-clerk's doings.
"Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z" by Anatole Cerfberr and Jules François Christophe
The sum is, that it is wise not to take cognizance of all that might be considered amiss in children.
"Mrs Whittelsey's Magazine for Mothers and Daughters" by Various
Hekekian Bey has seen a Turkish Pasha's shins kicked by his own servants, who were cognizant of his misdeeds.
"Letters from Egypt" by Lucie Duff Gordon

In poetry:

For each one flower, perchance,
Blooms as his cognizance:
The snowdrop chill,
The violet unbeholden,
For some: for you the golden
"A Child's Battles" by Algernon Charles Swinburne

In news:

Sometime between the moment I am provided with a research grant and the moment I'm dead, I'd like to investigate why and how music impacts thinking and cognizance.
There's an explanation for why we are so cognizant of the first wine that changed our lives--our first wine "a-ha" moment (which was also the subject of a recent Wine Spectator video ).
Cognizant 3Q net income beats estimates.
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation Stock Buy Recommendation Reiterated (CTSH).
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation (CTSH): Today's Featured Technology Winner.
Cognizant Boosts Profit View on Financial Services Growth.
Cognizant Still Working Its Magic.
Be cognizant of broad, fundamental changes that abound in law practice.
Cognizant and Monitise are jointing forces to help banks cut costs and improve offerings through Monitise's mobile money platform.
Cognizant Posts Revenue of $1.8B, Raises Full-Year Profit Forecast.
TCS, Cognizant Looking to Buy Lodestone Management.
India's Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (532540.BY) and New Jersey-based Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp.
Berenberg cuts Cognizant , VMware to hold.
Cognizant Technology Solutions stats.
Mike Green must be ' cognizant ' of groin injury.

In science:

Harnad, S. 2005. “To Cognize is to Categorize: Cognition is Categorization,” in Handbook of Categorization, Claire Lefebvre, Henri Cohen (eds), Elsevier.
On challenges and opportunities of designing integrated IT platforms for supporting knowledge works in organizations
Cryptographic protocols: Cryptographic algorithms are necessitated to convert plaintext into ciphertext and vice versa . The convertion of plaintext into ciphertext makes it impossible for an attacker to possess plaintext from a ciphertext without cognizing a key.
Grid Information Security Functional Requirement - Fulfilling Information Security of a Smart Grid System
There are arguments one can make that the answer to all of these is “no ”, and, indeed, some are made in the manuscript, because the authors are cognizant of these questions.
Discussion on "Techniques for Massive-Data Machine Learning in Astronomy" by A. Gray
From Fig. 1 one can realize that, although the fission cross-sections of light nuclei production with mass A > 20 are small, they are cognizable from the mass distribution of binary fission fragments.
Fragments formation in proton-induced fission at 660 MeV of 238-U
One should be cognizant, however, that this may be too naive an assumption.
Theory Summary of the Electroweak Session for Moriond 2005