[nesh-uh ns, nesh-ee-uh ns, nes-ee-]


lack of knowledge; ignorance.

Nearby words

  1. nervuration,
  2. nervure,
  3. nervus,
  4. nervy,
  5. nesbit,
  6. nescient,
  7. nesh,
  8. nesosilicate,
  9. ness,
  10. ness, loch

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for nescience



a formal or literary word for ignorance
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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