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[nesh-uh ns, nesh-ee-uh ns, nes-ee-]
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  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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Related Words for nescience

incapacity, obliviousness, darkness, unconsciousness, rawness, fog, unawareness, simplicity, innocence, vagueness, blindness, unfamiliarity, bewilderment, illiteracy, oblivion, dumbness, disregard, philistinism, sciolism, incomprehension

Examples from the Web for nescience

Historical Examples of nescience

  • In such a naked state of nescience, Valentin had a view and a method of his own.

    The Innocence of Father Brown

    G. K. Chesterton

  • Professor Tyndall's own address terminates, not in science, but nescience.

    Nineteenth Century Questions

    James Freeman Clarke

  • Ignorance cannot convince knowledge by repeated asseveration of its nescience.

    The Way of Initiation

    Rudolf Steiner

  • What we call the historic sense is not consistent with a state of nescience.

    The Gentle Reader

    Samuel McChord Crothers

  • He wished to know the reality of our nescience as well as of our science.

British Dictionary definitions for nescience


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

Word Origin for nescience

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 nescience


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

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