prevenient

[pri-veen-yuh nt]

adjective

coming before; antecedent.

Origin of prevenient

1600–10; < Latin praevenient- (stem of praeveniēns) coming before, present participle of praevenīre to anticipate. See pre-, convenient
Related formsprev·e·nance [prev-uh-nuh ns] /ˈprɛv ə nəns/, pre·ven·ience [pri-veen-yuh ns] /prɪˈvin yəns/, nounpre·ven·ient·ly, adverb
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prevenient

adjective

coming before; anticipating or preceding
Derived Formspreveniently, adverb

Word Origin for prevenient

C17: from Latin praevenīre to precede, prevent
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Word Origin and History for prevenient
adj.

1650s, from Latin praevenientem (nominative praeveniens), present participle of praevenire, from prae- (see pre-) + venire "to come" (see venue).

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