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Definition of "recognizance" [re•cog•ni•zance]

  • Law An obligation of record that is entered into before a court or magistrate, containing a condition to perform a particular act, such as making a court appearance. (noun)
  • Law A sum of money pledged to assure the performance of such an act. (noun)
  • A recognition. (noun)
  • Archaic A pledge; a token. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "recognizance" in a sentence
  • "When was the last time you used the word recognizance in casual conversation?"
  • ""recognizance" is one of those words that always looks wrong."
  • "A recognizance is a set of conditions they must adhere to while out on surety."