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Definition of cognizance:

  1. 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.
  2. An acknowledgment of a fine of lands and tenements or confession of a thing done.
  3. Apprehension by the understanding; perception; observation.
  4. Jurisdiction, or the power given by law to hear and decide controversies.
  5. Recollection; recognition.
  6. 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.
  7. The hearing a matter judicially.

Synonyms:

science, ken, light, observation, recognition, awareness, cognition, sense, intuition, see, acquaintance, thought, experience, intelligence, regard, mark, sight, remark, consciousness, espial, notice, heed, cognisance, apprehension, scholarship, lore, note, notice, attention, knowingness, observance.

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