cognizance

When you have cognizance, you have knowledge of something. Your cognizance of the English language is growing with every new vocabulary word you learn. Just don't flaunt your cognizance too much, or your friends might call you a "know-it-all."

Cognizance can be used to refer to more than just school-based learning (like vocabulary words). It can also mean that you have awareness, or notice certain things. Your cognizance of where the exits are located in the movie theater could save your life in a fire. The noun cognizance can also refer to your state of consciousness: "You passed out from the smoke, but when you woke up you had the cognizance to know who you were and where you were."

Definitions of cognizance
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n having knowledge of

Synonyms:
awareness, cognisance, consciousness, knowingness
Antonyms:
incognizance
a lack of knowledge or recognition
Types:
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self-awareness
awareness of your own individuality
feel
an intuitive awareness
sense
a general conscious awareness
orientation
a person's awareness of self with regard to position and time and place and personal relationships
self-consciousness
self-awareness plus the additional realization that others are similarly aware of you
sense of direction
an awareness of your orientation in space
sense of responsibility
an awareness of your obligations
Type of:
knowing
a clear and certain mental apprehension

n range of what one can know or understand

Synonyms:
ken
Type of:
knowing
a clear and certain mental apprehension

n range or scope of what is perceived

Type of:
perception
knowledge gained by perceiving

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