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[pri-vizh-uh n] /prɪˈvɪʒ ən/
foresight, foreknowledge, or prescience.
a prophetic or anticipatory vision or perception.
Origin of prevision
First recorded in 1605-15; pre- + vision
Related forms
previsional, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for prevision
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  • For which prevision he was rewarded with a stinging smack on the head.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Was this coincidence, or prevision, or what Mr. Dessoir calls the 'falsification of memory'?


    Benjamin Taylor
  • The correctness of Mr. Gallatin's prevision was soon apparent.

    Albert Gallatin John Austin Stevens
  • Her prevision that, when she loved, it would be desperately, had been fulfilled.

    Beyond John Galsworthy
  • It is now clear that his instinct was sure, his prevision acute.

  • In just this does the prevision of the future by common sense consist.

    Creative Evolution Henri Bergson
  • prevision of a bloody fray filled the boy's mind, but he could not retreat.

    The Eagle's Heart Hamlin Garland
  • But China, if my prevision be correct, is going to do nothing of the kind.

    The Empire of the East H. B. Montgomery
  • The party had found the four, but his prevision had not failed him.

    The Border Watch Joseph A. Altsheler
  • But the king's prevision and the keen eyes of his bowbearer were alike at fault.


    G. J. (George John) Whyte-Melville
British Dictionary definitions for prevision


noun (rare)
the act or power of foreseeing; prescience
a prophetic vision or prophecy
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Word Origin and History for prevision

1610s, "foresight," from French prévision (14c.), from Late Latin praevisionem (nominative praevisio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin praevidere "see first, see beforehand," from prae- "before" (see pre-) + videre "to see" (see vision).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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