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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: conoissance, from conoistre 'to know', from Latin cognoscere; COGNITION

cognizance

noun
     
cog‧ni‧zance , cognisance [uncountable] formal
1 knowledge or understanding of something
2

take cognizance of something

to understand something and consider it when you take action or make a decision

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