[nesh-uh ns, nesh-ee-uh ns, nes-ee-]
lack of knowledge; ignorance.
Origin of nescience
1605–15;Related formsnes·cient, adjectivenon·nes·cience, nounnon·nes·cient, adjective
< Late Latin nescientia
ignorance, equivalent to ne-
not + scientia
knowledge; see science
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Related Words for nescientbenighted
British Dictionary definitions for nescientDerived 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 nescient
1620s, from Latin nescientem (nominative nesciens) "ignorant, unaware," present participle of nescire "not to know, to be ignorant," from ne "not" + scire "to know" (see science).
"ignorance," 1610s, from Late Latin nescientia, from nesciens (see nescient).
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