prescient

[ presh-uh nt, ‐ee-uh nt pree-shuh nt, ‐shee-uh nt ]
/ ˈprɛʃ ənt, ‐i ənt ˈpri ʃənt, ‐ʃi ənt /

adjective

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.
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prescient


adj.

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

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