Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Fully informed; conscious. synonym: aware.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having cognizance or knowledge: with of.
  • In law, competent to take legal or judicial notice, as of a cause or a crime.
  • Also spelled cognisant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Having cognizance or knowledge. (of).

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  • adjective Aware; fully informed; having understanding

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective (sometimes followed by `of') having or showing knowledge or understanding or realization or perception

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From cognizance.]

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From Latin, perhaps via Old French conoissant, present participle of conoistre

Examples

  • While civil society believes that the World Bank's access to information policy raised the bar among the various information disclosure policies of the international financial institutions, it is important to also remain cognizant of the end goal of such policies: improved development outcomes and participation.

    Chad Dobson: Access to Information at the World Bank: The First 99 Days

  • While civil society believes that the World Bank's access to information policy raised the bar among the various information disclosure policies of the international financial institutions, it is important to also remain cognizant of the end goal of such policies: improved development outcomes and participation.

    Chad Dobson: Access to Information at the World Bank: The First 99 Days

  • While civil society believes that the World Bank's access to information policy raised the bar among the various information disclosure policies of the international financial institutions, it is important to also remain cognizant of the end goal of such policies: improved development outcomes and participation.

    Chad Dobson: Access to Information at the World Bank: The First 99 Days

  • So we focusing to stall by way of that crumb in cognizant and reconcile you with the cheapest habitual possible.

    Your Right Hand Thief

  • They also said they are "cognizant" of the risks created by accelerated capital inflows to the region and said they will continue to monitor these, a source of concern — especially for countries with high interest rates like Indonesia that have seen a buildup of volatile flows in recent months.

    Asean Ministers Vow Coordinated Policies

  • They also said they are "cognizant" of the risks created by accelerated capital inflows to the region and said they will continue to monitor these, a source of concern — especially for countries with high interest rates like Indonesia that have seen a buildup of volatile flows in recent months.

    Asean Ministers Vow Coordinated Policies

  • They also said they are "cognizant" of the risks created by accelerated capital inflows to the region and said they will continue to monitor these, a source of concern — especially for countries with high interest rates like Indonesia that have seen a buildup of volatile flows in recent months.

    Asean Ministers Vow Coordinated Polcies

  • They also said they are "cognizant" of the risks created by accelerated capital inflows to the region and said they will continue to monitor these, a source of concern — especially for countries with high interest rates like Indonesia that have seen a buildup of volatile flows in recent months.

    Asean Ministers Vow Coordinated Policies

  • Not just that - people are also more "cognizant" of investing.

    Survey Of Spending Habits In A Recession Reveals Cut Backs In Dining, Gasoline Expenses, Shopping

  • "She was really carefully, artfully calibrating not to part with the president" while at the same time being "cognizant" of her role as a mother.

    CHENEY FAMILY VALUES

Comments

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  • Beloved of corporate dunderheads. Why not just aware?

    March 28, 2008

  • I tell my dunderhead colleagues to use Germanic equivalents of these Latin guckwords. They never invite me to happy hour.

    May 28, 2009

  • Guckword is very apt.

    May 28, 2009

  • Yarb, same issue with utilize. Why?! Gah!

    P.S. dunderhead is also very good.

    May 28, 2009

  • "Utilize" is the bane of my existence. In fact, just reading it here and then typing it has made me break out in hives.

    *scratching*

    June 3, 2009