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. (noun)
Examples of word recognizance
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.
Hall was released on her own recognizance, meaning she promised to appear in court and answer a criminal charge.
The supermodel was pulled over at 3: 17 a.m. on August 29 in East Hampton, New York, and allegedly released on her own recognizance, meaning she promised to appear in court and answer a criminal charge.
Arlington Detective Crystal L. Nosal Abuelazam said police realized he was wanted on a simple assault warrant in Leesburg, about 30 miles away, but a magistrate released him on personal recognizance, meaning he was responsible for returning to court.
She says after booking him, a magistrate denied Abuelazam bond, and released him the same day on personal recognizance, meaning he would be responsible for returning to court.