COGNISANCE [aka COGNIZANCE]
1. awareness, realisation, or knowledge; notice; perception.
2. Law: a) judicial notice as taken by a court in dealing with a cause. b) the right of taking jurisdiction, as possessed by a court. c) acknowledgment; admission, as a plea admitting the fact alleged in the declaration.
3. the range or scope of knowledge, observation, etc.
4. Heraldry: a device by which a person or a person’s servants or property can be recognised; badge.
Etymology: Middle English conisa(u)nce < Middle French con(o)is(s)ance, equivalent to conois(tre) - to know < Latin cognōscere; see cognition.