[ nesh-uh ns, nesh-ee-uh ns, nes-ee- ]
/ ˈnɛʃ əns, ˈnɛʃ i əns, ˈnɛs i- /
lack of knowledge; ignorance.
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Origin of nescience
1605–15; < Late Latin nescientia ignorance, equivalent to ne- not + scientia knowledge; see science
OTHER WORDS FROM nesciencenes·cient, adjectivenon·nes·cience, nounnon·nes·cient, adjective
Words nearby nescience
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British Dictionary definitions for nescient
/ (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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