prescience

noun pre·science \ ˈpre-sh(ē-)ən(t)s , ˈprē- , -s(ē-)ən(t)s \
Updated on: 1 Dec 2017

Definition of prescience

: foreknowledge of events:
a : divine omniscience
b : human anticipation of the course of events : foresight

prescient

play \ˈpre-sh(ē-)ənt, ˈprē-, -s(ē-)ənt\ adjective

presciently

adverb

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Examples of prescience in a Sentence

  1. He predicted their response with amazing prescience.

  2. Her prescience as an investor is impressive.

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Did You Know?

If you know the origin of "science," you already know half the story of "prescience." "Science" comes from the Latin verb scire, which means "to know" and which is the source of many English words ("conscience," "conscious," and "omniscience," just to name a few). "Prescience" comes from the Latin verb praescire, which means "to know beforehand." "Praescire" joins the verb "scire" with the prefix prae-, a predecessor of "pre-." A lesser-known "scire"-derived word is "nescience." Nescience means "ignorance" and comes from "scire" plus "ne-," which means "not" in Latin.

Origin and Etymology of prescience

Middle English, from Late Latin praescientia, from Latin praescient-, praesciens, present participle of praescire to know beforehand, from prae- + scire to know — more at science

PRESCIENCE Defined for English Language Learners

prescience

noun

Definition of prescience for English Language Learners

  • : the ability to know what will or might happen in the future


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