Definition of nescient in English:

nescient

adjective

literary
  • Lacking knowledge; ignorant:

    ‘I ventured into the new Korean restaurant with some equally nescient companions’
    • ‘This means I can get whipped up into a state of ill-informed indignation, because if I'm going to get indignant it may as well be in quite a pompous and nescient fashion.’
    • ‘Echoing Goethe's Romantic interpretation and adulation, Belinsky's Bard ‘understood heaven, earth, and hell’ but was, nonetheless, an ‘ignoramus’, nescient of the meaning of his own plays.’
    • ‘The cluelessness in his expression's so nescient that it's something close to profound.’
    ignorant, unenlightened, uneducated, unschooled, untutored, illiterate, unlettered, unlearned, unscholarly, unread, uninformed, backward, simple
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin nescient- not knowing, from the verb nescire, from ne- not + scire know.

Pronunciation:

nescient

/ˈnɛsɪənt/