Definition of cognizant in English:


(British cognisant)


  • Having knowledge or awareness.

    ‘statesmen must be cognizant of the political boundaries within which they work’
    • ‘So we are very cognizant of the fact that they need rest and respite care.’
    • ‘For myself, I am entirely cognizant of the moral case for war.’
    • ‘Journalists have to choose their words carefully, tell their truth, by all means, but be cognisant that people out there deserve to be treated with respect.’
    • ‘Further, it is not that economists are not cognizant of the restrictive nature of rational self-interest.’
    • ‘He is highly cognizant of Russia's historical, seminal role in Europe and Asia and, hence, the world.’
    • ‘‘We're very cognisant and sensitive of the fact that we're reaching a large audience of varying demographics and we really don't want to shock people in a visceral way,’ he says.’
    • ‘Most boxers really do know what they're doing and are fully cognizant of the choices they've made.’
    • ‘For the first time since she had left the fort, she looked fully alive to him, cognizant, aware that she existed.’
    • ‘I suspect the architects are entirely cognizant of these principles and use them to their absolute advantage.’
    • ‘We are very cognizant of the subject of our correspondence.’
    • ‘People should be cognizant and aware of what's going on around them.’
    • ‘You don't think that they're not cognizant of the impact on the campaign?’
    • ‘Men should always be cognizant of the fact that the women they seek to court are daughters, sisters, or even mothers.’
    • ‘There is a great struggle that goes on when you try to wake yourself, when you are cognizant that you are in a dream state, but know you need to get out of it.’
    • ‘I wonder if the experts are truly cognizant of the unnecessary chasm that separates the layman from the cultured.’
    • ‘It is impossible for her not to cognizant of the situation.’
    • ‘Remember that bonds will ultimately be a hidden cost, so be cognizant of what bonds you require in your contract.’
    • ‘I have strived to be conscious of the political culture, and cognisant of the mandate and authority accorded to ministers through the democratic political process.’
    • ‘We were pretty cognizant of how real headbangers would react.’
    • ‘He was slipping at that point, and I don't think he was too cognizant of anything or anybody.’
    aware, conscious, apprised, abreast
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Early 19th century: probably directly from cognizance.