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precognition

[pree-kog-nish-uh n] /ˌpri kɒgˈnɪʃ ən/
noun
1.
knowledge of a future event or situation, especially through extrasensory means.
2.
Scots Law.
  1. the examination of witnesses and other parties before a trial in order to supply a legal ground for prosecution.
  2. the evidence established in such an examination.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Late Latin praecognitiōn-, s. of praecognitiō; see pre-, cognition
Related forms
precognitive
[pree-kog-ni-tiv] /priˈkɒg nɪ tɪv/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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Examples from the web for precognition
  • Clairvoyants who possess precognition will likely remain fiction.
  • The test in telepathy and precognition or whatever and guess what those experiments all turn to be absolutely null.
  • It needs some precognition of what you are going to say.
  • Either you have demonstrated precognition or you have not.
  • But her detractors are wrong in demanding that she have both an artist's vision and a prophet's precognition.
  • Actors play multiple roles, some characters seem blessed with precognition while others get marooned in alternate universes.
  • precognition is the paranormal perception of future events.
British Dictionary definitions for precognition

precognition

/ˌpriːkɒɡˈnɪʃən/
noun
1.
(psychol) the alleged ability to foresee future events See also clairvoyance, clairaudience
Derived Forms
precognitive (priːˈkɒɡnɪtɪv) adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin praecognitiō foreknowledge, from praecognoscere to foresee, from prae before + cognoscere to know, ascertain
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Word Origin and History for precognition
n.

"foreknowledge," mid-15c., from Late Latin praecognitionem (nom. praecognitio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin praecognoscere "to foreknow," from prae "before" (see pre-) + cognoscere "to know" (see cognizance).

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precognition in Medicine

precognition pre·cog·ni·tion (prē'kŏg-nĭsh'ən)
n.
Knowledge of something in advance of its occurrence, especially by extrasensory perception.


pre·cog'ni·tive adj.
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Encyclopedia Article for precognition

supernormal knowledge of future events, with emphasis not upon mentally causing events to occur but upon predicting those the occurrence of which the subject claims has already been determined. Like telepathy and clairvoyance, precognition is said to operate without recourse to the normal senses and thus to be a form of extrasensory perception (ESP).

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