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

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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, "Five Burning Questions: Justin Bieber's Chance the Rapper-Featuring 'Holy' Debuts at No. 3 on Hot 100," 29 Sep. 2020 Assessing a startup requires quantitative and qualitative analysis and a bit of precognition. Samarth Masson, Quartz India, "An investors’ guide to spotting the next billion-dollar startup," 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, "Inside the archives — and mind — of sci-fi legend Philip K. Dick," 16 Aug. 2019 If the pupils of Moriarty's eyes dilate before the disturbing pictures appear on the screen, that's precognition. CBS News, "ESP: Inside the government's secret program of psychic spies," 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, "Daryl Bem Proved ESP Is Real," 17 May 2017 Or consider this experiment, which is a direct test of precognition. Jonah Lehrer, WIRED, "Feeling The Future: Is Precognition Possible?," 15 Nov. 2010

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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

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

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