Definition of Recognizance:

  1. A bond by which a person undertakes before a court or magistrate to observe some condition, especially to appear when summoned.

  2. Bond posted or an undertaking given as a guaranty by an offender (called a recognizor) to perform/observe court-prescribed acts/conditions in exchange for avoiding a jail term in part or in full. These acts or conditions usually include keeping peace, being of good behavior, and appearing before the court when called.

Synonyms of Recognizance

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, Engagement, Escrow, Formal contract, Gage, Group policy, Handsel, Hock, Hostage, Implied contract, Indent, Indenture, Insurance policy, Mainprise, Mortgage deed, Obligation, Parol contract, Pawn, Pignus, Pledge, Policy, Preengagement, Promissory note, Replevin, Replevy, Special contract, Specialty, Specialty contract, Surety, Title deed, Token payment, Understanding, Undertaking, Vadimonium, Vadium, Verbal agreement

How to use Recognizance in a sentence?

  1. He was released on his own recognizance.

Meaning of Recognizance & Recognizance Definition