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prescience

[ presh-uhns, -ee-uhns, pree-shuhns, -shee-uhns ]
/ ˈprɛʃ əns, -i əns, ˈpri ʃəns, -ʃi əns /
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noun

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

OTHER WORDS FROM prescience

prescient, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for prescience

prescience
/ (ˈprɛsɪəns) /

noun

knowledge of events before they take place; foreknowledge

Derived forms of prescience

prescient, adjectivepresciently, adverb

Word Origin for prescience

C14: from Latin praescīre to foreknow, from prae before + scīre to know
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