recognisance

World English Dictionary
recognizance or recognisance (rɪˈkɒɡnɪzəns)
 
n
1.  law
 a.  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
 b.  a monetary sum pledged to the performance of such an act
2.  an obsolete word for recognition
 
[C14: from Old French reconoissance, from reconoistre to recognize]
 
recognisance or recognisance
 
n
 
[C14: from Old French reconoissance, from reconoistre to recognize]
 
re'cognizant or recognisance
 
adj
 
re'cognisant or recognisance
 
adj

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recognisance

noun
(law) a security entered into before a court with a condition to perform some act required by law; on failure to perform that act a sum is forfeited [syn: recognizance
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