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[presh-uh nt, ‐ee-uh nt pree-shuh nt, ‐shee-uh nt] /ˈprɛʃ ənt, ‐i ənt ˈpri ʃənt, ‐ʃi ənt/
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for prescient
  • The selection now looks prescient.
  • In 2006, Sterling published an entire cookbook on hummus—and that turned out to be a prescient publication.
  • His remarks proved prescient.
  • The column is compellingly prescient, and a good read.
  • That was prescient—but communicated with amateurishness.
  • But, unfortunately, his words have proved prescient--or least influential--before.
  • His words proved more than a little prescient.
  • Yet on some issues of global importance, he was prescient.
  • Penn's memos also contained prescient advice.
  • Her hunch proved prescient.
Word Origin and History for prescient

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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