verb (used without object)
  1. to withdraw one's attention (usually followed by from).
  2. to turn aside in thought.

Origin of prescind

First recorded in 1630–40, prescind is from the Latin word praescindere to cut off in front. See pre-, rescind
Related formsun·pre·scind·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for prescind


verb rare
  1. (intr usually foll by from) to withdraw attention (from something)
  2. (tr) to isolate, remove, or separate, as for special consideration

Word Origin for prescind

C17: from Late Latin praescindere to cut off in front, from Latin prae before + scindere to split
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