[pree-kog-nish-uh n]


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.

Nearby words

  1. precocial,
  2. precocious,
  3. precocious puberty,
  4. precociously,
  5. precocity,
  6. precollagenous fiber,
  7. precolonial,
  8. precompose,
  9. preconceive,
  10. preconceived

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for precognition



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



"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




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

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