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prescind

[ pri-sind ]
/ prɪˈsɪnd /
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verb (used with object)

to separate or single out in thought; abstract.
to cut off, terminate, or remove.

verb (used without object)

to withdraw one's attention (usually followed by from).
to turn aside in thought.

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Origin of prescind

First recorded in 1630–40, prescind is from the Latin word praescindere to cut off in front. See pre-, rescind

OTHER WORDS FROM prescind

un·pre·scind·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for prescind

prescind
/ (prɪˈsɪnd) /

verb rare

(intr usually foll by from) to withdraw attention (from something)
(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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