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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 previewUnited States Supreme Court Reports (1917)

The acknowledgment is the warrant for the enrollment.

The acknowledgment is the last act of volition of the grantor.

Google previewReports of Cases Argued and Decided in the Supreme Court of the United States (1910)

by Stephen Keyes Williams

The acknowledgment is the warrant for the enrollment.

The acknowledgment is the last act of volition of the grantor.

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 previewEmpire of Magic (2012)

Medieval Romance and the Politics of Cultural Fantasy by Geraldine Heng

If the requirements of late-medieval government are acknowledged in the Morte by the omnipresence of an administrative stratum, scripted into that acknowledgment is an intensifying recognition of a modern, immensely important avenue to ...

Google previewIntroduction to Computer Networks and Cybersecurity (2016)

by Chwan-Hwa (John) Wu, J. David Irwin

Positive selective acknowledgment is an option in TCP (RFC 2018 [1]). TCP uses a retransmission timer to ensure data delivery in the absence of any feedback from the remote data receiver [2]. The duration of this timer is referred to as RTO ...

Google previewThe Renovation of International Law (2012)

On the Basis of a Juridical Community of Mankind by D. Josephus Jitta

The last acknowledgment is an attenuating circumstance, but no more. - Corporations, or juridical persons. A very old doctrine, hardened by age, maintains that corporations or juridical persons — let us say juridical subjects not being men of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Human Resources Information Systems: Challenges in e-HRM (2008)

Challenges in e-HRM by Torres-Coronas, Teresa

Acknowledgment. With gratitude and respect we thank the following people without whom the book would not have come to fruition. To our publisher, IGI Global, who supported this project and, particularly Kristin M. Roth, who provided ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Distance Learning, Second Edition (2009)

by Rogers, Patricia L.

Acknowledgment. With the writing of this page, the editors finally pause for breath . Producing a second edition of the Encyclopedia of Distance and Online Learning was a major team effort that required large amounts of time and energy. Often ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Third Edition (2014)

by Khosrow-Pour, Mehdi

Acknowledgment. Editing and completing an authoritative and comprehensive scholarly research publication such as the Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Third Edition requires tremendous contributions, and a great deal ...

Google previewDictionary of Information Science and Technology (2012)

by Mehdi Khosrowpour

Acknowledgment. Putting together a comprehensive publication of this magnitude requires tremendous involvement and assistance from many individuals. The most important goal of editing this dictionary was to compile a comprehensive list ...

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 previewA law dictionary for the use of students and the legal profession (1875)

by Archibald Brown

10' ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF MARRIED WOMEN—ACT OF GOD. be sufficient, must involve a promise to , ACT OF...

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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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