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nescience

[nesh-uh ns, nesh-ee-uh ns, nes-ee-] /ˈnɛʃ əns, ˈnɛʃ i əns, ˈnɛs i-/
noun
1.
lack of knowledge; ignorance.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Late Latin nescientia ignorance, equivalent to ne- not + scientia knowledge; see science
Related forms
nescient, adjective
nonnescience, noun
nonnescient, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nescient

nescience

/ˈnɛsɪəns/
noun
1.
a formal or literary word for ignorance
Derived Forms
nescient, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin nescientia, from Latin nescīre to be ignorant of, from ne not + scīre to know; compare science
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Word Origin and History for nescient
adj.

1620s, from Latin nescientem (nominative nesciens) "ignorant, unaware," present participle of nescire "not to know, to be ignorant," from ne "not" + scire "to know" (see science).

nescience

n.

"ignorance," 1610s, from Late Latin nescientia, from nesciens (see nescient).

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