Pronunciation: (kog'nu-zuns, kon'u-), [key]
1. awareness, realization, or knowledge; notice; perception: The guests took cognizance of the snide remark.
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.: Such understanding is beyond his cognizance.
4. Heraldry.a device by which a person or a person's servants or property can be recognized; badge.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.