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Acknowledgment is sometimes a misspelling of acknowledgement or acknowledging.

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Definition of the noun acknowledgment

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noun - plural: acknowledgments

  1. the state or quality of being recognized or acknowledged
  2. a short note recognizing a source of information or of a quoted passage
  3. a statement acknowledging something or someone
    • examples: she must have seen him but she gave no sign of acknowledgment | the preface contained an acknowledgment of those who had helped her
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of acknowledgment: acknowledgement
    • more generic terms: content / message / subject matter / substance = what a communication that is about something is about
    • more specific terms:

Alternative definition of the noun acknowledgment


  1. The act of acknowledging; admission; avowal; owning; confession.
  2. The act of owning or recognizing in a particular character or relationship; recognition as regards the existence, authority, truth, or genuineness.
  3. An award or other expression or token of appreciation.
  4. An owning with gratitude of a benefit or an obligation (as in "acknowledgment" of a favor).
  5. A message from the addressee informing the originator that the originator's communication has been received and understood, as a wedding invitation's acknowledgment.
  6. [context: Telecommunications, computing, networking] A response (ACK) sent by a receiver to indicate successful receipt of a transmission.
  7. An owning as genuine or valid; an avowing or admission in legal form (as in "acknowledgment of a deed").
  8. [context: legal] A formal statement or document recognizing the fulfillment or execution of a legal requirement or procedure.


  1. Acknowledgment: In law, an acknowledgment is a declaration or avowal of one's own act, used to authenticate legal instruments, which may give the instrument legal validity, and works to prevent the recording of false instruments or fraudulent executions. Acknowledgement involves a public official, frequently a notary public. The party executing the legal instrument orally declares that the instrument is his or her act or deed, and the official prepares a certificate attesting to the declaration. Acknowledgments are distinct from jurats, verifications, and attestations. A jurat differs from an acknowledgement in that a jurat lacks the statement that the instrument is the act or deed of the party executing it. A verification is distinct in that it seeks to verify the factual contents of the instrument, rather than the instrument itself. Finally, an attestation occurs where a third person gives his or her name as a witness to the actual execution of an instrument. Normally, acknowledgments only serve evidentiary purposes, but some jurisdictions have made acknowledgement a requirement for recording of instruments.
  2. Acknowledgment: In the creative arts and scientific literature, an acknowledgment is an expression of gratitude for assistance in creating an original work.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Acknowledgment

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Google previewBusiness Decisions, Human Choices (1996)

Restoring the Partnership Between People and Their Organizations by Lloyd C. Williams

Acknowledgment is the overtly conscious acceptance of one's emerging self with a commitment to develop comfort with emerging views, attitudes, and behaviors. The acknowledgment phase is the most overtly parallel ...

Google previewCorpus Juris (1914)

Being a Complete and Systematic Statement of the Whole Body of the Law as Embodied in and Developed by All Reported Decisions by William Mack, William Benjamin Hale

"The essential fact to be known by, or proven to, the notary is that the person making the acknowledgment is the person described in and who executed the instrument .

Google previewMary Chesnut's Civil War (1981)

by Mary Boykin Miller Chesnut, Comer Vann Woodward

Acknowledgments The first acknowledgment is an indebtedness to a man who knew nothing of the debt. It was nearly twenty years ago that a first look at the manuscripts of Mary Chesnut at the South Caroliniana Library revealed something of ...

Google previewDebating Moral Education (2010)

Rethinking the Role of the Modern University by Elizabeth Kiss, J. Peter Euben

And so we can arrive at a second pluralism-related virtue, which one might call ''acknowledgment.'' Acknowledgment is a type of respect, but one directed ...

Google previewInroads (2003)

Paths in Ancient and Modern Western Philosophy by Murray Miles

The first acknowledgment is a general one concerning those works listed at the end of each of the five main parts of this book under the heading "Recommended readings and references." Often enough, key ideas of the part in question were ...

Google previewA Forty Year Journey With God In Albuquerque, New Mexico (2013)

by John Michael Gurule

Acknowledgment means to admit and concede; confess, own up, and allow imply simple admission of a truth.

Google previewMoral Identity in Early Modern English Literature (2004)

by Paul Cefalu

Such an acknowledgment is the initial soteriological step in preparing the heart for a bestowal of unmerited grace. Yet Andrewes's and Ames's primary concern is to rouse in reprobates and converts alike a servile fear of disobeying God's ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Minorities in American Politics: Hispanic Americans and Native Americans (2000)

by Jeffrey D. Schultz

In 1978, the director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, John Shappard, in consultation with numerous Indian groups, nonrecognized tribes, legislators, historians, sociologists, and legal scholars, developed guidelines for federal acknowledgment.

Google previewThe Facts on File Dictionary of Computer Science (2009)

by John Daintith, Edmund Wright

See also acknowledgment. acknowledgment A means by which a device receiving transmitted data can indicate to the sending device whether the data has been correctly received or not. The receiving device returns a confirming message, ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the Law of Scotland (1815)

Intended for the Use of the Public at Large, as Well as of the Profession by Robert Bell, Sir John Skene

bills is founded on the presumption of payment ; for if pay* ment is presumed, then an acknowledgment during the currency of the six years ought to produce no effect ; whereas, if the limitation is meant to destroy the voucher of debt only, then ...

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To me, this degree was an acknowledgment of my work in music. (Chaka Khan)
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Scrabble value of A1C3K5N1O1W4L1E1D2G2M3E1N1T1

The value of this 14-letter word is 27 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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