[presh-uh nt, ‐ee-uh nt pree-shuh nt, ‐shee-uh nt]


having prescience, or knowledge of things or events before they exist or happen; having foresight: The prescient economist was one of the few to see the financial collapse coming.

Related formspre·scient·ly, adverbnon·pre·sci·ent, adjectivenon·pre·sci·ent·ly, adverbun·pre·scient, adjectiveun·pre·scient·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for prescient

farsighted, judicious

Examples from the Web for prescient

Contemporary Examples of prescient

Historical Examples of prescient

  • She stood still, but there was a prescient flash in her eyes as she looked at him.

    The Shrieking Pit

    Arthur J. Rees

  • Her words overpowered me almost by the weight of prescient meaning she gave them.

    The Message

    Alec John Dawson

  • A guy with a dream—or perhaps a prescient glimpse of his own future.

    The Planet Strappers

    Raymond Zinke Gallun

  • She looked at him with an inquiry which held a sort of prescient reserve.

    The Silver Butterfly

    Mrs. Wilson Woodrow

  • For one who is not prescient of all future things is not God.

    The City of God, Volume I

    Aurelius Augustine

Word Origin and History for prescient

1620s, from Middle French prescient (15c.) and directly from Latin praescientem (nominative praesciens), present participle of praescire (see prescience).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper