Ackno'wledgement. n.s. [from acknowledge.]
- Concession of any character in another; as, existence, superiority.
The due contemplation of human nature doth, by a necessary connexion and chain of causes, carry us up to the unavoidable acknowledgement of the Deity; because it carries every thinking man to an original of every successive individual. Hale's Origin of Mankind.
- Concession of the truth of any position.
Immediately upon the acknowledgement of the christian faith, the eunuch was baptized by Philip. Hooker, b. iii. § 1.
- Confession of a fault.
- Confession of a benefit received; gratitude.
- Act of attestation to any concession; such as homage.
There be many wide countries in Ireland, in which the laws of England were never established, nor any acknowledgement of subjection made. Spenser's State of Ireland.
The second is an acknowledgement to his majesty for the leave of fishing upon his coasts; and though this may not be grounded upon any treaty, yet, if it appears to be an ancient right on our side, and custom on theirs, not determined or extinguished by any treaty between us, it may with justice be insisted upon. Temple's Miscellanies.