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prescient

[presh-uh nt, ‐ee-uh nt pree-shuh nt, ‐shee-uh nt]
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  1. having prescience, or knowledge of things or events before they exist or happen; having foresight: The prescient economist was one of the few to see the financial collapse coming.
Related formspre·scient·ly, adverbnon·pre·sci·ent, adjectivenon·pre·sci·ent·ly, adverbun·pre·scient, adjectiveun·pre·scient·ly, adverb
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  • She stood still, but there was a prescient flash in her eyes as she looked at him.

    The Shrieking Pit

    Arthur J. Rees

  • Her words overpowered me almost by the weight of prescient meaning she gave them.

    The Message

    Alec John Dawson

  • A guy with a dream—or perhaps a prescient glimpse of his own future.

    The Planet Strappers

    Raymond Zinke Gallun

  • She looked at him with an inquiry which held a sort of prescient reserve.

    The Silver Butterfly

    Mrs. Wilson Woodrow

  • For one who is not prescient of all future things is not God.

    The City of God, Volume I

    Aurelius Augustine


Word Origin and History for prescient

adj.

1620s, from Middle French prescient (15c.) and directly from Latin praescientem (nominative praesciens), present participle of praescire (see prescience).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper