[presh-uh ns, -ee-uh ns, pree-shuh ns, -shee-uh ns]


knowledge of things before they exist or happen; foreknowledge; foresight.

Origin of prescience

1325–75; Middle English < Late Latin praescientia foreknowledge. See pre-, science
Related formspre·scient, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for prescience

foreknowledge, presage, prediction

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knowledge of events before they take place; foreknowledge
Derived Formsprescient, adjectivepresciently, adverb

Word Origin for prescience

C14: from Latin praescīre to foreknow, from prae before + scīre to know
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Word Origin and History for prescience

late 14c., from Old French prescience (13c.) and directly from Late Latin praescientia "fore-knowledge," from *praescientem, present participle of *praescire "to know in advance," from Latin prae "before" (see pre-) + scire "to know" (see science).

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