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[fawr-nol-ij, fohr-, fawr-nol-ij, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌnɒl ɪdʒ, ˈfoʊr-, fɔrˈnɒl ɪdʒ, foʊr-/
knowledge of something before it exists or happens; prescience:
Did you have any foreknowledge of the scheme?
Origin of foreknowledge
1525-35; fore- + knowledge
presentiment, premonition; foresightedness. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Overcoming these challenges takes foreknowledge of the park you are visiting.
  • Without foreknowledge of this sample space, one lacks the basis for compiling the appropriate statistics.
  • The reading took place without the foreknowledge of festival officials.
  • He expects a viewer to bring a foreknowledge and acceptance without which their behavior is, occasionally, vague and mystifying.
  • The best aid to a defense against narco-interrogation is foreknowledge of the process and its limitations.
  • Perhaps it was because he had foreknowledge of what would happen the next day.
Word Origin and History for foreknowledge

1530s, from fore- + knowledge. Cf. foreknow "to know beforehand" (late 14c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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