precognition

noun
pre·​cog·​ni·​tion | \ ˌprē-(ˌ)käg-ˈni-shən How to pronounce precognition (audio) \

Definition of precognition

: clairvoyance relating to an event or state not yet experienced

Other Words from precognition

precognitive \ (ˌ)prē-​ˈkäg-​nə-​tiv How to pronounce precognition (audio) \ adjective

Examples of precognition in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Joe Lynch: Those people should be tracked down and forced to reckon with their lack of precognition. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 29 Sep. 2020 Assessing a startup requires quantitative and qualitative analysis and a bit of precognition. Samarth Masson, Quartz India, 18 Sep. 2019 To read those lines is like coming upon a precognition, a message to the present from the past. David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times, 16 Aug. 2019 If the pupils of Moriarty's eyes dilate before the disturbing pictures appear on the screen, that's precognition. CBS News, 18 Mar. 2018 Within a month or two, the fallout from Bem’s initial paper had broadened into something bigger than a referendum on precognition. Daniel Engber, Slate Magazine, 17 May 2017 Or consider this experiment, which is a direct test of precognition. Jonah Lehrer, WIRED, 15 Nov. 2010 See More

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First Known Use of precognition

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for precognition

Late Latin praecognition-, praecognitio, from Latin praecognoscere to know beforehand, from prae- + cognoscere to know — more at cognition

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“Precognition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/precognition. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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precognition

noun
pre·​cog·​ni·​tion | \ ˌprē-(ˌ)käg-ˈnish-ən How to pronounce precognition (audio) \

Medical Definition of precognition

: clairvoyance relating to an event or state not yet experienced — compare psychokinesis, telekinesis

Other Words from precognition

precognitive \ -​ˈkäg-​nət-​iv How to pronounce precognition (audio) \ adjective

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