recognizance

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recognizance

, recognisance
Law
a. a bond entered into before a court or magistrate by which a person binds himself to do a specified act, as to appear in court on a stated day, keep the peace, or pay a debt
b. a monetary sum pledged to the performance of such an act
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It is not surprising, then, that many recognizances also include evidence of the defendants' displeasure at their arrest.
Recognizances such as that binding gentleman William Burrows for "assaulting .
The recognizances binding gentlemen or wealthy artisans at the societies' behest revise Shoemaker and Bristow's conclusion that the reformation of manners movement was a campaign against the poor.