1. Conscious knowledge or recognition; awareness.
2. The range of what one can know or understand.
3. Observance; notice: We will take cognizance of your objections at the proper time.
4. Law Acknowledgment, recognition, or jurisdiction; the assumption of jurisdiction in a case.
5. Heraldry A crest or badge worn to distinguish the bearer.
[Middle English conissaunce, from Old French conoissance, from connoistre, to know, from Latin cognōscere, to learn; see COGNITION.]
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