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[presh-uh ns, -ee-uh ns, pree-shuh ns, -shee-uh ns]
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  1. knowledge of things before they exist or happen; foreknowledge; foresight.
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Origin of prescience

1325–75; Middle English < Late Latin praescientia foreknowledge. See pre-, science
Related formspre·scient, adjective
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  1. knowledge of events before they take place; foreknowledge
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Derived Formsprescient, adjectivepresciently, adverb

Word Origin

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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