precognition

[ pree-kog-nish-uh n ]
/ ˌpri kɒgˈnɪʃ ən /

noun

knowledge of a future event or situation, especially through extrasensory means.
Scots Law.
  1. the examination of witnesses and other parties before a trial in order to supply a legal ground for prosecution.
  2. the evidence established in such an examination.

Origin of precognition

1400–50; late Middle English < Late Latin praecognitiōn-, s. of praecognitiō; see pre-, cognition
Related formspre·cog·ni·tive [pree-kog-ni-tiv] /priˈkɒg nɪ tɪv/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for precognition

precognition

/ (ˌpriːkɒɡˈnɪʃən) /

noun

psychol the alleged ability to foresee future eventsSee also clairvoyance, clairaudience
Derived Formsprecognitive (priːˈkɒɡnɪtɪv), adjective

Word Origin for precognition

C17: from Late Latin praecognitiō foreknowledge, from praecognoscere to foresee, from prae before + cognoscere to know, ascertain
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Word Origin and History for precognition

precognition


n.

"foreknowledge," mid-15c., from Late Latin praecognitionem (nom. praecognitio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin praecognoscere "to foreknow," from prae "before" (see pre-) + cognoscere "to know" (see cognizance).

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Medicine definitions for precognition

precognition

[ prē′kŏg-nĭshən ]

n.

Knowledge of something in advance of its occurrence, especially by extrasensory perception.
Related formspre•cogni•tive adj.
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