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Definition of: COGNIZANCE

(n.) Apprehension by the understanding; perception; observation.
(n.) Recollection; recognition.
(n.) Jurisdiction, or the power given by law to hear and decide controversies.
(n.) The hearing a matter judicially.
(n.) An acknowledgment of a fine of lands and tenements or confession of a thing done.
(n.) 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.
(n.) 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.