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recognizance or recognisance (rɪˈkɒɡnɪzəns)
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
[C14: from Old French reconoissance, from reconoistre to recognize]
re'cognizant or recognisance
re'cognisant or recognisance

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