Definition of cognizance:
- 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.
- An acknowledgment of a fine of lands and tenements or confession of a thing done.
- Apprehension by the understanding; perception; observation.
- Jurisdiction, or the power given by law to hear and decide controversies.
- Recollection; recognition.
- 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.
- The hearing a matter judicially.
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On entering, the witness knelt before the commissioner, kissed the crucifix, and swore with his hand on the Gospels that he would speak the truth, and nothing but the truth: after this he related all the facts referring to the charge, which came under his cognizance, without being interrupted or interrogated.- "The Book of Were-Wolves", Sabine Baring-Gould.
The first was, that whoever was turned out of any public office by the people, should be thereby rendered incapable of bearing any office afterwards; the second, that if any magistrate condemn a Roman to be banished, without a legal trial, the people be authorized to take cognizance thereof.- "Plutarch-Lives-of-the-noble-Grecians-and-Romans", Clough, Arthur Hugh.
The history which is not open to adverse criticism is worth little, except as material, for it is written without taking cognizance of those higher facts about which men must differ; of which Guizot writes as follows, as quoted in the work of M. Groen van Prinsterer himself.- "Memoir of John Lothrop Motley, Complete", Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Last Updated: February 6, 2009.