[syn: cognizance, ken]
3. range or scope of what is perceived;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Cognizance \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.
(a) Jurisdiction, or the power given by law to hear and
(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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: 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" [syn:
awareness, consciousness, cognizance, cognisance,
knowingness] [ant: incognizance]
2: range of what one can know or understand; "beyond my ken"
[syn: cognizance, ken]
3: range or scope of what is perceived
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
40 Moby Thesaurus words for "cognizance":
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, thank-you, thanks, thanksgiving, what is owing