[pri-vizh-uh n]


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

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

Examples from the Web for prevision

Historical Examples of prevision

  • For which prevision he was rewarded with a stinging smack on the head.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • Was this coincidence, or prevision, or what Mr. Dessoir calls the 'falsification of memory'?


    Benjamin Taylor

  • The correctness of Mr. Gallatin's prevision was soon apparent.

    Albert Gallatin

    John Austin Stevens

  • Her prevision that, when she loved, it would be desperately, had been fulfilled.


    John Galsworthy

  • It is now clear that his instinct was sure, his prevision acute.

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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