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[pri-veen-yuh nt]
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  1. coming before; antecedent.
  2. anticipatory.
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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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Historical Examples

  • Then by His prevenient working within us He moves us to return.

    The Pursuit of God

    A. W. Tozer

  • As for Mark, nothing less than God's prevenient grace could explain his presence at Silchester.

    The Altar Steps

    Compton MacKenzie

  • After prevenient Grace, however, begins to make itself felt, then the will begins to take part.

  • There is an infusion from God's will into his will, and now prevenient Grace is changed into operating Grace.

British Dictionary definitions for prevenient


  1. coming before; anticipating or preceding
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Derived Formspreveniently, adverb

Word Origin

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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