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cognizant

[kog-nuh-zuh nt, kon-uh-] /ˈkɒg nə zənt, ˈkɒn ə-/
adjective
1.
having cognizance; aware (usually followed by of):
He was cognizant of the difficulty.
2.
having legal cognizance or jurisdiction.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; cogniz(ance) + -ant
Related forms
noncognizant, adjective
noncognizantly, adverb
precognizant, adjective
uncognizant, adjective
Synonyms
1. See conscious.
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  • It's in his too-mellifluous voice, his too-cognizant gaze, his jack-o'-lantern smirk.
  • But it is not out of the ordinary for hosts in this intensely food-cognizant dinner party circuit.
British Dictionary definitions for cognizant

cognizant

/ˈkɒɡnɪzənt; ˈkɒnɪ-/
adjective
1.
(usually foll by of) aware; having knowledge
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Word Origin and History for cognizant
adj.

1820, back-formation from cognizance.

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