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Examples of prescience in a sentence
He predicted their response with amazing prescience.
Her prescience as an investor is impressive.
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
First Known Use: 14th century
PRESCIENCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of prescience for English Language Learners
: the ability to know what will or might happen in the future
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