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verb (used with object), pre·vised, pre·vis·ing.
  1. to foresee.
  2. to forewarn.

Origin of previse

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin praevīsus past participle of praevidēre to foresee. See pre-, visa
Related formspre·vi·sor, noun
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Examples from the Web for previse

Historical Examples

  • But it behoves us to previse that the doctor does not kill her before the lawyer comes.'

    Evan Harrington, Complete

    George Meredith

  • In actual practice our plans seem not to previse grandfathers and grandmothers, and stop short even of fathers and mothers.

    The Vitalized School</p>

    Francis B. Pearson

British Dictionary definitions for previse


verb (tr) rare
  1. to predict or foresee
  2. to notify in advance

Word Origin

C16: from Latin praevidēre to foresee, from prae before + vidēre to see
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