Definition of adscititious
: derived or acquired from something extrinsic
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The History of adscititious
Adscititious comes from a very "knowledgeable" family-it ultimately derives from scire, the Latin verb meaning "to know." Scire also gave us science, conscience, prescience ("foreknowledge"), and nescience ("lack of knowledge"). Adscititious itself comes to us from scire by way of the Latin verb adsciscere, which means "to admit" or "to adopt." This explains why adscititious describes something adopted from an outside source.
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