[presh-uh ns, -ee-uh ns, pree-shuh ns, -shee-uh ns] /ˈprɛʃ əns, -i əns, ˈpri ʃəns, -ʃi əns/
knowledge of things before they exist or happen; foreknowledge; foresight.
1325–75; Middle English < Late Latin praescientia foreknowledge. See pre-, science
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prescient, adjective
Example Sentences for prescience
Lewis is delighted but not surprised by her own prescience.
Investigators will try to find out who it was that showed such sinister prescience.
prescience about a disaster doesn't make dealing with its consequences any easier.
His prescience was aided by the police and fire department shortwave radios he installed near his bed.
Starting a new exchange does not give a country's population any prescience about market movements.
He was a writer of towering vision, prescience and existential cool.
Admiration for the past mingles with prescience of the future.
But there is terrific prescience to be found in its portrait of times past.
His prescience about the overall situation is nothing less than astonishing.
Nothing solidifies the reputation of a spy novelist so much as prescience.
British Dictionary definitions for prescience
prescience (ˈprɛsɪəns)
knowledge of events before they take place; foreknowledge
[C14: from Latin praescīre to foreknow, from prae before + scīre to know]

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Word Origin and History for prescience
late 14c., from L.L. praescientia "fore-knowledge," from *praescientem, prp. of *praescire "to know in advance," from L. prae- "before" + scire "to know" (see science).
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