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nescience

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noun ne·science \ˈne-sh(ē-)ən(t)s, ˈnē-, -sē-ən(t)s\

Definition of nescience

  1. :  lack of knowledge or awareness :  ignorance

ne·scient play \-sh(ē-)ənt, -sē-ənt\ adjective


Examples of nescience

  1. <the appalling nescience of today's high schoolers concerning international affairs>



Origin of nescience

Late Latin nescientia, from Latin nescient-, nesciens, present participle of nescire not to know, from ne- not + scire to know — more at no, science


First Known Use: 1612


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