noun pre·science \ˈpre-sh(ē-)ən(t)s, ˈprē-, -s(ē-)ən(t)s\

: the ability to know what will or might happen in the future

Full Definition of PRESCIENCE

:  foreknowledge of events:
a :  divine omniscience
b :  human anticipation of the course of events :  foresight
pre·scient \-sh(ē-)ənt, -s(ē-)ənt\ adjective
pre·scient·ly adverb

Examples of PRESCIENCE

  1. He predicted their response with amazing prescience.
  2. Her prescience as an investor is impressive.


Middle English, from Late Latin praescientia, from Latin praescient-, praesciens, present participle of praescire to know beforehand, from prae- + scire to know — more at science
First Known Use: 14th century


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