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nescience

[nesh-uh ns, nesh-ee-uh ns, nes-ee-]
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noun
  1. lack of knowledge; ignorance.
  2. agnosticism.
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Origin of nescience

1605–15; < Late Latin nescientia ignorance, equivalent to ne- not + scientia knowledge; see science
Related formsnes·cient, adjectivenon·nes·cience, nounnon·nes·cient, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nescient

nescience

noun
  1. a formal or literary word for ignorance
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Derived Formsnescient, adjective

Word Origin

C17: from Late Latin nescientia, from Latin nescīre to be ignorant of, from ne not + scīre to know; compare science
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Word Origin and History for nescient

adj.

1620s, from Latin nescientem (nominative nesciens) "ignorant, unaware," present participle of nescire "not to know, to be ignorant," from ne "not" + scire "to know" (see science).

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nescience

n.

"ignorance," 1610s, from Late Latin nescientia, from nesciens (see nescient).

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