Ac*knowl"edg*ment (#), n.

1.

The act of acknowledging; admission; avowal; owning; confession.

"An acknowledgment of fault."

Froude.

2.

The act of owning or recognized in a particular character or relationship; recognition as regards the existence, authority, truth, or genuineness.

Immediately upon the acknowledgment of the Christian faith, the eunuch was baptized by Philip. Hooker.

3.

The owning of a benefit received; courteous recognition; expression of thanks.

Shak.

4.

Something given or done in return for a favor, message, etc.

Smollett.

5.

A declaration or avowal of one's own act, to give it legal validity; as, the acknowledgment of a deed before a proper officer. Also, the certificate of the officer attesting such declaration.

Acknowledgment money, in some parts of England, a sum paid by copyhold tenants, on the death of their landlords, as an acknowledgment of their new lords.

Cowell.

Syn. -- Confession; concession; recognition; admission; avowal; recognizance.

 

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