Definition of recognizance in English:


Line breaks: re|cog¦ni|zance
Pronunciation: /rɪˈkɒ(g)nɪz(ə)ns
(also recognisance)


  • A bond by which a person undertakes before a court or magistrate to observe some condition, especially to appear when summoned: the Lord Chancellor asked them to enter into recognizances to appear in court he was released on his own recognizance of £30,000
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    • 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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