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  • n. The action of an advowee, advocate or patron
  • n. advocacy, patronage, protection
  • n. avowal

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An advocate; a patron; a patron saint.
  • n. The act of the distrainer of goods, who, in an action of replevin, avows and justifies the taking in his own right.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In old law, the act of the distraiuer of goods, who, in an action of replevin, avowed and justified the taking by maintaining that he took them in his own right: thus distinguished from cognizance, which was the defense of one who maintained that he took them in the right of another as his bailiff or servant.
  • n. A patron saint chosen for one's advocacy in heaven: often applied to a picture or representation of the patron saint, and hence the cognizance by which a knight was known, because the representation of his patron saint borne on his pennon became such a cognizance.

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