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Examples of prescience in a Sentence
He predicted their response with amazing prescience.
Her prescience as an investor is impressive.
Recent Examples of prescience from the Web
That’s one of several recent pieces of criticism pointing to the prescience of Mr. Cuarón’s film, set in a world where infertility has led to widespread terrorist attacks, a refugee crisis and a Britain closed to immigrants.
In a quarter-century at Invesco, Woodford gained a reputation for prescience by correctly calling major swings in technology, tobacco and other stocks.
And maybe, too, for its perhaps-accidental prescience. The thing is, there are no real scandals on Scandal; the word implies a public reaction of disgust and disapprobation.
The divides between older and younger generations of radicals have always been wide, but Wolitzer's prescience about the coming rift between gender activists in the age of #MeToo feels particularly wise.
With the benefit of Carson’s science and prescience, carbon dioxide might not have slipped through the regulatory shield that spared the living but left the future unprotected.
His prescience was remarkable, identifying some of Europe’s greatest wine estates at a time when few Americans were drinking wine at all.
With the prescience of someone who became a political operative before turning 10, Chuck Campion surveyed the presidential campaign landscape in 1996, a few days after New Hampshire’s first-in-the nation primary.
His fears over the pervasiveness of artificial scent, however, are proving to have been a rare moment of prescience.
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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
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Definition of prescience for English Language Learners
: the ability to know what will or might happen in the future
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