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English definition of “cognizance”

cognizance

noun     /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 .Knowledge and awareness cognizant     /-zənt/ adjective formal (UK USUALLY cognisant) Unfortunately , we were not cognizant of (= did not know ) the full facts .Aware
(Definition of cognizance noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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