Part of speech: noun

Apprehension; knowledge; judicial notice or jurisdiction.

Part of speech: noun

A badge or mark.

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Usage examples "cognizance":

  1. Alicia looked exultingly at Candelas, as if asking her to take full cognizance of this exploit of hers. - "Their Son; The Necklace", Eduardo Zamacois.
  2. At one moment she had not the slightest cognizance of her suffering; at the next, she felt that speech was impossible until she drank. - "The Captain of the Kansas", Louis Tracy.
  3. An attempt was made to take public cognizance of this; but a majority of the citizens of Red Dog, who were not at dinner, decided that a man had a right to choose his own methods of diverting his company. - "The Twins of Table Mountain and Other Stories", Bret Harte.