Definition of precognition in English:

precognition

noun

  • 1mass noun Foreknowledge of an event, especially as a form of extrasensory perception.

    • ‘Because the key game was selected before any games were played, subjects had to use precognition to foresee which game was going to get the highest score, so as to know which number to try for.’
    • ‘If the experiment were directly replicated with the same results, this may indicate that true precognition is possible, at least under certain conditions.’
    • ‘Moreover, significant correlations were found only in the two experiments that had results suggestive of true precognition.’
    • ‘Much of this work was conducted with Mihalasky, and their further collaboration brought clear, astonishing evidence of precognition.’
    • ‘The second is the use of the eyes not just to see in the normal sense, but to gain insight, discernment, perception and precognition.’
    • ‘Similarly, if someone fails a driver's test, it's ‘precognition’ that the person will likely be a bad driver, but it's again a pretty sensible precognition.’
    • ‘There has been a long-standing controversy in parapsychology as to whether true precognition is possible.’
    • ‘The initial postal experiment suggested that true precognition may not be possible.’
    • ‘The other document described ‘bioinformation’ such as telepathy, precognition and clairvoyance and bioenergetics like psychokinesis and telekinesis.’
    • ‘Overall, the results appear to indicate that true precognition may not be possible.’
    • ‘So, any apparent success in the experiments must be attributed to precognition, not to telepathy.’
    • ‘In fact non-psychics were also tested, but other ESP categories (e.g., precognition, retrocognition, telepathy) were never assessed.’
    • ‘A considerable portion of the existing evidence for psi phenomena such as ESP, precognition, and psychokinesis is based on the relatively young science of statistical meta-analysis.’
    • ‘He or she needs to be gifted with a kind of compositional precognition, understanding inherently what shots, setups, and sequences will produce fear and foreboding.’
    • ‘Lisa is the ‘level-headed’ girl blessed with inexplicable powers of precognition but is utterly useless in a pinch.’
    • ‘However, the producers also decided to look at the claims of believers that animals have psychic powers - such as telepathy and precognition.’
    • ‘Now some might call that telepathy, others clairvoyance or precognition, or others dub it a trick or coincidence.’
  • 2Scottish Law
    The preliminary examination of witnesses, especially to decide whether there is ground for a trial.

Origin

Late Middle English: from late Latin praecognitio(n-), based on Latin cognoscere ‘know’.

Pronunciation

precognition

/ˌpriːkɒɡˈnɪʃ(ə)n/