[ nesh-uhns, nesh-ee-uhns, nes-ee- ]
/ ˈnɛʃ əns, ˈnɛʃ i əns, ˈnɛs i- /
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lack of knowledge; ignorance.
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Origin of nescience
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 nesciencenescient, adjectivenon·nes·cience, nounnon·nes·cient, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nescience
/ (ˈnɛsɪəns) /
a formal or literary word for ignorance
Derived forms of nesciencenescient, 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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