recognizance

  • 1recognizance — re·cog·ni·zance /ri käg nə zəns/ n [Anglo French recognisance reconisance, literally, recognition, from Old French reconoisance, from reconoistre to recognize, from Latin recognoscere] 1: an obligation entered into on the record before a court or …

    Law dictionary

  • 2recognizance — re‧cog‧ni‧zance [rɪˈkɒgnɪzns ǁ ˈkɑːg ] also recognisance noun [countable] LAW a promise that someone makes in a court of law. If they do not keep this promise, they have to pay money to the court: • The two men were released on their own… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 3Recognizance — Re*cog ni*zance (r[ e]*k[o^]g n[i^]*zans or r[ e]*k[o^]n [i^] ), 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4recognizance — late 14c., reconyssaunce, from O.Fr. reconissance acknowledgment, recognition (Fr. reconnaissance), from prp. stem of reconoistre (see RECOGNIZE (Cf. recognize)). Related: Recognizant …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5recognizance — (Amer.) re·cog·ni·zance || rɪ kÉ‘gnɪzÉ™ns /rɪ kÉ’g n. (Law, Finance) legal promise or obligation; formal agreement made by a person in court before a judge; money pledged as a bond (also recognisance) …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 6recognizance — [ri käg′ni zəns, rikän′izəns] n. [ME reconissance < OFr reconaissance < reconnoisant, prp. of reconoistre < L recognoscere, to recall to mind < re , again + cognoscere, to know: see COGNITION] 1. Law a) an obligation of record entered …

    English World dictionary

  • 7Recognizance — In some common law nations, a recognizance is a conditional obligation undertaken by a person before a court. It is an obligation of record, entered into before a court or magistrate duly authorized, whereby the party bound acknowledges… …

    Wikipedia

  • 8recognizance — /ri kog neuh zeuhns, kon euh /, n. 1. Law. a. a bond or obligation of record entered into before a court of record or a magistrate, binding a person to do a particular act. b. the sum pledged as surety on such a bond. 2. Archaic. recognition. 3.… …

    Universalium

  • 9recognizance — n. (legal) on one s own recognizance (she was released on her own recognizance) * * * [rɪ kɒgnɪz(ə)ns] (legal) on one s own recognizance (she was released on her own recognizance) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 10recognizance — /rskognazans/ An obligation entered into before a court or magistrate duly authorized for that purpose whereby the recognizer acknowledges that he will do some act required by law which is specified therein. The act of recognizing is performed by …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 11recognizance — noun Etymology: Middle English recognissance, alteration of reconissaunce, from Anglo French, from reconoistre to recognize Date: 14th century 1. a. an obligation of record entered into before a court or magistrate requiring the performance of an …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 12recognizance — noun a form of bail; a promise made by the accused to the court that he/she will attend all required judicial proceedings and will not engage in further illegal activity or other prohibited conduct as set by the court. The defendant was released… …

    Wiktionary

  • 13recognizance — re|cog|ni|zance [ rı kagnızəns ] noun uncount LEGAL be released on your own recognizance to be allowed to leave court after promising to return when asked by the court …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14recognizance — Synonyms and related words: agreement, arrangement, bail, bond, commitment, contract, contract by deed, contract of record, contract quasi, covenant of indemnity, debenture, debenture bond, deed, deed of trust, deed poll, earnest, earnest money,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 15recognizance — or recognisance rɪ kɒ(g)nɪz(ə)ns noun Law a bond by which a person undertakes before a court or magistrate to observe a particular condition, e.g. to appear when summoned. Origin ME: from OFr. reconnissance, from reconnaistre recognize …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 16recognizance — n. 1. Recognition, acknowledgment, avowal. 2. Badge, token …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 17recognizance — re·cog·ni·zance …

    English syllables

  • 18recognizance — re•cog•ni•zance [[t]rɪˈkɒg nə zəns, ˈkɒn ə [/t]] n. law Law. a) a bond or obligation of record entered into before a court of record or a magistrate, usu. binding a person to appear for trial or forfeit a specified amount of money b) the sum… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 19recognizance — An obligation entered into before a court of record or duly authorized magistrate, containing a condition to do some particular act, usually to appear and answer a criminal accusation. A term used interchangeably with bail bond in many statutes… …

    Ballentine's law dictionary

  • 20recognizance — n. 1 a bond by which a person undertakes before a court or magistrate to observe some condition, e.g. to appear when summoned. 2 a sum pledged as surety for this. Etymology: ME f. OF recon(n)issance (as RE , COGNIZANCE) …

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