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Having or showing knowledge of events before they take place:‘a prescient warning’
prophetic, predictive, visionarypsychic, clairvoyantfar-seeing, far-sighted, with foresight, prognostic, divinatory, oracular, sibylline, apocalyptic, fateful, revelatoryinsightful, intuitive, perceptive, percipientforeknowing, previsional, vatic, mantic, vaticinal, vaticinatory, prognosticative, augural, adumbrative, fatidic, fatidical, haruspical, pythonicView synonyms
- ‘He proved prescient in his argument that efforts to help the Third World by avalanches of aid would only ruin local markets and nourish corruption.’
- ‘A few months later, I recall rereading it and finding it scary and prescient.’
- ‘He was even, by the way, prescient about the meltdown of the Soviet Union.’
- ‘Although no-one has ever followed through on its promises, Radio Ethiopia still sounds astonishingly prescient.’
- ‘But as I read on, it became apparent that the novel was so prescient it became unnerving.’
- ‘It's a little bit scary being such a gifted, prescient individual.’
- ‘Orwell's attacks on pacifism now seem remarkably prescient.’
- ‘This proved to be a prescient warning in the case of his son John.’
- ‘This was an astonishingly prescient insight into what was actually to occur in the Russian Revolution.’
- ‘This reveals a prescient insight into the mindset which fuels Connery's anger.’
- ‘His study of America amply confirmed this prescient intuition and made him the first anthropologist of modern equality.’
- ‘Fitzgerald's prediction is as meaningful today as it was prescient in 1924.’
- ‘It was a prescient point: 10 years on we got the Battle of Seattle.’
- ‘Read it, then come back and re-read this prescient post from last November.’
- ‘That prediction looks even more prescient since the surge in oil prices.’
- ‘It makes no mention at all of White's passionate and prescient warnings.’
- ‘He came to the fore with a thundering and prescient prediction of the break-up of Britain, coinciding with the Silver Jubilee.’
- ‘A beautiful and talented actress, Dorrie ends up in a psychiatric ward, a narrative which seems extraordinarily prescient.’
- ‘We take no pleasure in that, and we had to endure some criticism for making such claims, but the warnings proved prescient.’
- ‘His last post before the incident is scarily prescient.’
Early 17th century: from Latin praescient- knowing beforehand, from the verb praescire, from prae before + scire know.
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