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Definitions of cognizance

  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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. Apprehension by the understanding; perception; observation. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. Recollection; recognition. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Jurisdiction, or the power given by law to hear and decide controversies. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. The hearing a matter judicially. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. An acknowledgment of a fine of lands and tenements or confession of a thing done. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Knowledge or notice, judicial or private: observation: jurisdiction: that by which one is known, a badge. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. Apprehension; knowledge; judicial notice or jurisdiction. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. A badge or mark. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. Knowledge; notice; distinguishing mark or badge; judicial notice or knowledge by trial in court; jurisdiction or right to try a cause; an acknowledgment or confession, as of taking goods, but pleading legal right to do so. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

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Usage examples for cognizance

  1. It took no more cognizance of the existence of the women, except when workers, or the children, or the old, or the infirm, crippled, or sick, or other dependents on the workers than the capitalists had been in the habit of doing. – Equality by Edward Bellamy
  2. Mr. Brady: The witness has stated that this vessel was captured, and he has stated the place of her capture; and of course it is not only proper, but, in our view, absolutely necessary, that the prosecution should show that, being captured, she was taken into some place out of which arose jurisdiction to take cognizance of the alleged crime. – Trial of the Officers and Crew of the Privateer Savannah, on the Charge of Piracy, in the United States Circuit Court for the Southern District of New York by A. F. Warburton
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