reconnaissance

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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French reconnaissance (recognition). Doublet of recognizance.

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  • IPA(key): /ɹɪˈkɒnəsəns/
  • (file)

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reconnaissance (countable and uncountable, plural reconnaissances)

  1. The act of scouting or exploring (especially military or medical) to gain information.
    • 1973, Arthur C. Clarke, Rendezvous with Rama
      The third member, Sergeant Pieter Rousseau, had been with the back-up teams at the Hub; he was an expert on space reconnaissance instrumentation, but on this trip he would have to depend on his own eyes and a small portable telescope.

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From reconnaiss- (present participle stem of reconnaître, cf. reconnaissant) + -ance. Compare also Medieval Latin recognōscentia (a recognizing, acknowledgement), Italian riconoscenza.

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reconnaissance f (plural reconnaissances)

  1. reconnaissance
  2. thankfulness
    Synonym: gratitude
  3. recognition

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