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cognizance

noun uk formal or specialized ( UK USUALLY cognisance)   /ˈkɒɡ.nɪ.zəns/ us    /ˈkɑːɡ-/
take cognizance of sth to take notice of and consider something, especially when judging: The lawyer asked the jury to take cognizance of the defendant's generosity in giving to charity.
cognizant
adjective uk formal ( UK USUALLY cognisant)   /-zənt/ us  
Unfortunately, we were not cognizant of (= did not know) the full facts.
(Definition of cognizance from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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