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prescient

[presh-uh nt, ‐ee-uh nt pree-shuh nt, ‐shee-uh nt] /ˈprɛʃ ənt, ‐i ənt ˈpri ʃənt, ‐ʃi ənt/
adjective
1.
having prescience, or knowledge of things or events before they exist or happen; having foresight:
The prescient economist was one of the few to see the financial collapse coming.
Related forms
presciently, adverb
nonprescient, adjective
nonpresciently, adverb
unprescient, adjective
unpresciently, adverb

prescience

[presh-uh ns, -ee-uh ns, pree-shuh ns, -shee-uh ns] /ˈprɛʃ əns, -i əns, ˈpri ʃəns, -ʃi əns/
noun
1.
knowledge of things before they exist or happen; foreknowledge; foresight.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English < Late Latin praescientia foreknowledge. See pre-, science
Related forms
prescient, adjective
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prescience

/ˈprɛsɪəns/
noun
1.
knowledge of events before they take place; foreknowledge
Derived Forms
prescient, adjective
presciently, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin praescīre to foreknow, from prae before + scīre to know
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Word Origin and History for more prescient

prescience

n.

late 14c., from Old French prescience (13c.) and directly from Late Latin praescientia "fore-knowledge," from *praescientem, present participle of *praescire "to know in advance," from Latin prae "before" (see pre-) + scire "to know" (see science).

prescient

adj.

1620s, from Middle French prescient (15c.) and directly from Latin praescientem (nominative praesciens), present participle of praescire (see prescience).

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