pre·​cog·​ni·​tion | \ ˌprē-(ˌ)käg-ˈni-shən \

Definition of precognition

: clairvoyance relating to an event or state not yet experienced

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precognitive \ (ˌ)prē-​ˈkäg-​nə-​tiv \ adjective

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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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pre·​cog·​ni·​tion | \ ˌprē-(ˌ)käg-ˈnish-ən \

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 \ adjective

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a complex dispute or argument

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