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Saturday, September 30, 2006

Definitions for prescient

  1. Knowing or anticipating the outcome of events before they happen.

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Citations for prescient
Despite Carroll's unfamiliarity with military matters he had an astonishingly prescient view of how the war for independence would be fought and won. Richard M. Ketchum, Saratoga: Turning Point of America's Revolutionary War
As England finally moves to undo its legal and political separation from Europe, over 400 years after Henry VIII began it, it is easier to see More as perhaps prescient, rather than reactionary. Andrew Sullivan, New York Times
Origin of prescient
Prescient derives (via French) from the Latin præsciens, præscient-, present participle of præscire "to know before": præ-, "before" (see pre-) + scire, "to know." It is related to science.