[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

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Historical Examples of prescient

  • There had been other instances of perception of a presence and of a prescient foreboding.

    Chantry House

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • The finish of the three-mile drive found her jubilant, prescient, pulsing with power.

    The Sick-a-Bed Lady

    Eleanor Hallowell Abbott

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

    The Message

    Alec John Dawson

  • She had been immersed in a sad, prescient feeling, as though this afternoon were one of long farewells.

    Shadows of Flames

    Amelie Rives

  • I see Me with brains to know, with prescient mind to grasp, with mobile sense to feel.

    I, Mary MacLane

    Mary MacLane

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