Definition of recognizance in English:


Syllabification: re·cog·ni·zance
Pronunciation: /riˈkäɡnəzəns, -ˈkänəzəns


A bond by which a person undertakes before a court or magistrate to observe some condition, especially to appear when summoned: he was released on his own recognizance
More example sentences
  • She failed to comply with the terms of her release by failing to comply with the conditions of her recognizance.
  • It records that he has an extensive criminal record, including threats, numerous failures to comply with recognizances and probation orders and three failures to appear.
  • He was arrested for violating the terms of his recognizance.


Middle English: from Old French reconnissance, from reconnaistre 'recognize'.

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