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Thursday, May 20, 1999

Definitions for nescience

  1. Lack of knowledge or awareness; ignorance.

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Citations for nescience
The ancients understood that too much knowledge could actually impede human functioning -- this at a time when the encroachments on global nescience were comparatively few. Cullen Murphy, The Atlantic
He fought on our behalf in the war that finally matters: against nescience, against inadvertence, against the supposition that anything is anything else. Hugh Kenner, New York Times
Origin of nescience
1605-1615
Nescience is from Latin nescire, "not to know," from ne-, "not" + scire, "to know." It is related to science. Nescient is the adjective form.
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