[pri-vizh-uh n]


foresight, foreknowledge, or prescience.
a prophetic or anticipatory vision or perception.

Nearby words

  1. previn,
  2. previous,
  3. previous question,
  4. previously,
  5. previse,
  6. previus,
  7. prevocalic,
  8. prevocational,
  9. prevue,
  10. prewar

Origin of prevision

First recorded in 1605–15; pre- + vision

Related formspre·vi·sion·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for prevision


noun rare

the act or power of foreseeing; prescience
a prophetic vision or prophecy
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Word Origin and History for prevision



1610s, "foresight," from French prévision (14c.), from Late Latin praevisionem (nominative praevisio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin praevidere "see first, see beforehand," from prae- "before" (see pre-) + videre "to see" (see vision).

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