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Pronunciation:  'k√Ęgnizuns

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  1. [n]  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"
  2. [n]  range or scope of what is perceived
  3. [n]  range of what one can know or understand; "beyond my ken"

COGNIZANCE is a 10 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: awareness, cognisance, consciousness, ken, knowingness
 See Also: feel, knowing, perception, self-awareness, sense



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Cog"ni*zance\ (? or ?; 277), n. [OF. conissance,
conoissance, F. connaissance, LL. cognoscentia, fr. L.
cognoscere to know. See {Cognition}, and cf. {Cognoscence},
1. Apprehension by the understanding; perception;

         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)
   (a) Jurisdiction, or the power given by law to hear and
       decide controversies.
   (b) The hearing a matter judicially.
   (c) An acknowledgment of a fine of lands and tenements or
       confession of a thing done. [Eng.]
   (d) 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. [Eng.] --Cowell. Mozley & W.

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.

         This pale and angry rose, As cognizance of my
         blood-drinking hate.                  --Shak.

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