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


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

OTHER WORDS FROM precognition

pre·cog·ni·tive [pree-kog-ni-tiv] /priˈkɒg nɪ tɪv/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for precognition

/ (ˌpriːkɒɡˈnɪʃən) /


psychol the alleged ability to foresee future eventsSee also clairvoyance, clairaudience

Derived forms of precognition

precognitive (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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Medical definitions for precognition

[ prē′kŏg-nĭshən ]


Knowledge of something in advance of its occurrence, especially by extrasensory perception.

Other words from precognition

pre•cogni•tive adj.
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