- lack of knowledge; ignorance.
Origin of nescience
- a formal or literary word for ignorance
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).