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Pronunciation:  ri'k√Ęgnizuns

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  (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

RECOGNIZANCE is a 12 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: recognisance
 See Also: bail, bail bond, bond, security, surety



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Re*cog"ni*zance\, n. [F. reconnaissance, OF.
recognoissance, fr. recognoissant, p. pr. of recognoistre to
recognize, F. reconna[^i]tre, fr. L. recognoscere; pref. re-
re- + cognoscere to know. See {Cognizance}, {Know}, and cf.
{Recognize}, {Reconnoissance}.] [Written also
1. (Law)
   (a) An obligation of record entered into before some court
       of record or magistrate duly authorized, with
       condition to do some particular act, as to appear at
       the same or some other court, to keep the peace, or
       pay a debt. A recognizance differs from a bond, being
       witnessed by the record only, and not by the party's
   (b) The verdict of a jury impaneled upon assize. --Cowell.

Note: Among lawyers the g in this and the related words
      (except recognize) is usually silent.

2. A token; a symbol; a pledge; a badge.

         That recognizance and pledge of love Which I first
         gave her.                             --Shak.

3. Acknowledgment of a person or thing; avowal; profession;

Legal Dictionary
 Definition: An obligation entered into before a court whereby the recognizor acknowledges that he will do a specific act required by law.