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recognizance

[ri-kog-nuh-zuh ns, -kon-uh-] /rɪˈkɒg nə zəns, -ˈkɒn ə-/
noun
1.
Law.
  1. a bond or obligation of record entered into before a court of record or a magistrate, binding a person to do a particular act.
  2. the sum pledged as surety on such a bond.
2.
Archaic. recognition.
3.
Archaic. a token; badge.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English reconissaunce, recognisance < Old French reconuissance. See recognize, -ance
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recognizance

/rɪˈkɒɡnɪzəns/
noun
1.
(law)
  1. a bond entered into before a court or magistrate by which a person binds himself to do a specified act, as to appear in court on a stated day, keep the peace, or pay a debt
  2. a monetary sum pledged to the performance of such an act
2.
an obsolete word for recognition
Derived Forms
recognizant, recognisant, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French reconoissance, from reconoistre to recognize
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Word Origin and History for re-cognizance
recognizance
late 14c., reconyssaunce, from O.Fr. reconissance "acknowledgment, recognition" (Fr. reconnaissance), from prp. stem of reconoistre (see recognize).
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