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[presh-uh nt, ‐ee-uh nt pree-shuh nt, ‐shee-uh nt] /ˈprɛʃ ənt, ‐i ənt ˈpri ʃənt, ‐ʃi ənt/
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 forms
presciently, adverb
nonprescient, adjective
nonpresciently, adverb
unprescient, adjective
unpresciently, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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

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
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