from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to prescience.
  • adj. Possessing prescience.

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  • adj. Having knowledge of events before they take place; possessing or exhibiting prescience.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having knowledge of coming events; foreseeing; conscious beforehand.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Foreknowing; having knowledge of events before they take place.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. perceiving the significance of events before they occur


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

French, from Old French, from Latin praesciēns, praescient-, present participle of praescīre, to know beforehand : prae-, pre- + scīre, to know.

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From Latin praescire ("know beforehand"), from prae + scire.


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  • The attack was prescient.

    July 4, 2013

  • This is an excellent word, sounds like precious, describe foresight, or the ability to see into the future, whether figuratively or literally.

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