[pri-veen-yuh nt]


coming before; antecedent.

Nearby words

  1. prevaricate,
  2. prevarication,
  3. prevaricator,
  4. prevenance,
  5. prevenience,
  6. prevenient grace,
  7. preveniently,
  8. prevent,
  9. prevent defense,
  10. preventable

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for prevenient



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



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

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