nescience

[ nesh-uh ns, nesh-ee-uh ns, nes-ee- ]
/ ˈnɛʃ əns, ˈnɛʃ i əns, ˈnɛs i- /

noun

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 nescience

nes·cient, adjectivenon·nes·cience, nounnon·nes·cient, adjective

Words nearby nescience

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British Dictionary definitions for nescient

nescience
/ (ˈnɛsɪəns) /

noun

a formal or literary word for ignorance

Derived forms of nescience

nescient, 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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