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cognizance

noun uk   /ˈkɒɡ.nɪ.zəns/ us    /ˈkɑːɡ-/ formal or specialized (UK USUALLY cognisance)
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   /-zənt/ formal (UK USUALLY cognisant) 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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