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foreknowledge

[fawr-nol-ij, fohr-, fawr-nol-ij, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌnɒl ɪdʒ, ˈfoʊr-, fɔrˈnɒl ɪdʒ, foʊr-/
noun
1.
knowledge of something before it exists or happens; prescience:
Did you have any foreknowledge of the scheme?
Origin of foreknowledge
1525-1535
First recorded in 1525-35; fore- + knowledge
Synonyms
presentiment, premonition; foresightedness.
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  • It could not have been that his 'foreknowledge' was supernatural.

    Homeward Bound James Fenimore Cooper
  • All this is done without our ordaining, thinking, or foreknowledge.

  • The god, at any rate, has foreknowledge, and premonishes those whom he will of what is about to be.

    The Apology Xenophon
  • But though knowledge is good for man, foreknowledge is not so good.

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
  • "Our foreknowledge implies only human faculties," was the reply.

    The Blindman's World Edward Bellamy
  • Can it be said that the father's foreknowledge is a cause of the son's sinful life?

    Jesus the Christ James Edward Talmage
  • God's foreknowledge not a determining cause of action, 18, 28.

    Jesus the Christ James Edward Talmage
  • On Chiara's pale face and in his eyes was the shadow of his own foreknowledge.

    Space Prison Tom Godwin
  • If you have foreknowledge, you have no right to keep silent.

  • Did not I tell you that I possess the gift of foreknowledge?

    Harry Escombe Harry Collingwood
Word Origin and History for foreknowledge
n.

1530s, from fore- + knowledge. Cf. foreknow "to know beforehand" (late 14c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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