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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 cog·ni·zance /ˈkɑgnəzən(t)s/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Cog·ni·zance n.
 1. Apprehension by the understanding; perception; observation.
    Within the cognizance and lying under the control of their divine Governor.   --Bp. Hurd
 2. Recollection; recognition.
 Who, soon as on that knight his eye did glance,
 Eftsoones of him had perfect cognizance.   --Spenser.
 3. Law (a) Jurisdiction, or the power given by law to hear and decide controversies. (b) The hearing a matter judicially. (c) An acknowledgment of a fine of lands and tenements or confession of a thing done. [Eng.] (d) 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. [Eng.]
 4. 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.
    Wearing the liveries and cognizance of their master.   --Prescott.
 This pale and angry rose,
 As cognizance of my blood-drinking hate.   --Shak.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: having knowledge of; "he had no awareness of his mistakes";
           "his sudden consciousness of the problem he faced";
           "their intelligence and general knowingness was
           impressive" [syn: awareness, consciousness, cognisance,
      2: range of what one can know or understand; "beyond my ken"
         [syn: ken]
      3: range or scope of what is perceived