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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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  • The shadow had been veiled, but she had a prescient consciousness of the features beneath the veil.

    The Witch of Prague F. Marion Crawford
  • She stood still, but there was a prescient flash in her eyes as she looked at him.

    The Shrieking Pit Arthur J. Rees
  • He knew enough of the trend of Cherokee thought to be prescient of the fate of the scapegoat.

    The Frontiersmen Charles Egbert Craddock
  • How prescient of disaster they had felt—but how little they had appraised its force!

    The Story of Old Fort Loudon Charles Egbert Craddock
  • She looked at him with an inquiry which held a sort of prescient reserve.

    The Silver Butterfly Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
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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