noun knowledge of a future event or situation, especially through extrasensory means. . 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. Origin of precognition 1400–50; late Middle English
Late Latin praecognitiōn-, s. of praecognitiō;
cognition Related forms pre·cog·ni·tive , [pree- kog-ni-tiv] /priˈkɒg nɪ tɪv/ adjective
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Related Words for precognition foresight
ESP Examples from the Web for precognition Historical Examples of precognition
Would you consider a person fortunate to possess the power of
What she had said about expecting to find me on the roof sounded like
precognition. Precognition is the least understood of the Psi powers, and the most erratic.
It might be that there was such a thing as
precognition in the form Morgan had described.
"I'm telling him the facts of life about
precognition," Morgan told her. British Dictionary definitions for precognition Derived Forms 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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Word Origin and History for 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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precognition [prē′kŏg-nĭsh ′ən] n. Knowledge of something in advance of its occurrence, especially by extrasensory perception. Related forms pre•cog ′ni•tive adj.
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