nescience

[ nesh-uhns, nesh-ee-uhns, nes-ee- ]
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noun
  1. lack of knowledge; ignorance.

Origin of nescience

1
First recorded in 1605–15; from Late Latin nescientia “ignorance,” from nescient-, the stem of nesciēns, present participle of nescīre “to be ignorant, not to know,” equivalent to ne- “not” + scientia “knowledge”; see science

Other words from nescience

  • nescient, adjective
  • non·nes·cience, noun
  • non·nes·cient, adjective

Words Nearby nescience

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How to use nescience in a sentence

  • The Americansʼ good and honest intentions were only equalled by their nescience of the Malay character.

    The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
  • Can the Churinga nanja and reincarnation beliefs have set up nescience of obvious facts among the Arunta?

  • That nescience, says Mr. Frazer, "may be explained easily enough from the habits and modes of thought of savage men."

  • Perhaps all the science that is not at bottom physical science is only pretentious nescience.

    Cashel Byron's Profession | George Bernard Shaw
  • Nor is he, like Shakespeare's biographer, reduced to choose between the starvation of nescience and the windy diet of conjecture.

    Life of John Milton | Richard Garnett

British Dictionary definitions for nescience

nescience

/ (ˈnɛsɪəns) /


noun
  1. a formal or literary word for ignorance

Origin of nescience

1
C17: from Late Latin nescientia, from Latin nescīre to be ignorant of, from ne not + scīre to know; compare science

Derived forms of nescience

  • nescient, adjective

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