[ pree-kog-nish-uhn ]
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  1. knowledge of a future event or situation, especially through extrasensory means.

  2. Scots Law.

    • the examination of witnesses and other parties before a trial in order to supply a legal ground for prosecution.

    • the evidence established in such an examination.

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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

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British Dictionary definitions for precognition


/ (ˌpriːkɒɡˈnɪʃən) /

  1. psychol the alleged ability to foresee future events: See also clairvoyance, clairaudience

Origin of precognition

C17: from Late Latin praecognitiō foreknowledge, from praecognoscere to foresee, from prae before + cognoscere to know, ascertain

Derived forms of precognition

  • precognitive (priːˈkɒɡnɪtɪv), adjective

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