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

nescient

play \ˈne-sh(ē-)ənt, ˈnē-, -sē-ənt\ adjective

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Examples of nescience in a Sentence

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

Did You Know?

Eighteenth-century British poet, essayist, and lexicographer Samuel Johnson once said, "There is nothing so minute or inconsiderable that I would not rather know it than not know it." He probably knew a thing or two about the history of the word nescience, which evolved from a combination of the Latin prefix ne-, meaning "not," and scire, a verb meaning "to know." And he may also have known that scire is an ancestor of science, a word whose original meaning in English was "knowledge."

Origin and Etymology 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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