prévenance

noun
pré·​ve·​nance | \ ˌprāvəˈnäⁿs \
plural -s

Definition of prévenance

: attentiveness to or anticipation of others' needs or an instance of such anticipation

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History and Etymology for prévenance

French, from prévenant (present participle of prévenir to anticipate, from Latin praevenire to precede, anticipate), after such pairs as French abondant abundant (from Middle French abundant) : abondance abundance (from Middle French abundance)

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“Prévenance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pr%C3%A9venance. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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