Definition of Prescient

pre‧science  /ˈprɛʃ əns, -i əns, ˈpri ʃəns, -ʃi əns/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[presh-uh ns, -ee-uh ns, pree-shuh ns, -shee-uh ns] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation


knowledge of things before they exist or happen; foreknowledge; foresight.

Definition source.

[Origin: 1325–75; ME < LL praescientia foreknowledge. See pre-, science]

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prescient, adjective

pre‧scient‧ly, adverb Unabridged (v 1.0.1)
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006

American Heritage Dictionary

pre·scient (pr sh nt, - - nt, pr sh nt, -sh - nt)


  1. Of or relating to prescience.
  2. Possessing prescience.

[French, from Old French, from Latin praesci ns, praescient- present participle of praesc re, to know beforehand  : prae-, pre- + sc re, to know; see skei- in Indo-European Roots.]
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