Definition of prescient in English:

prescient

adjective

  • Having or showing knowledge of events before they take place.

    ‘a prescient warning’
    • ‘Read it, then come back and re-read this prescient post from last November.’
    • ‘It's a little bit scary being such a gifted, prescient individual.’
    • ‘This proved to be a prescient warning in the case of his son John.’
    • ‘Orwell's attacks on pacifism now seem remarkably prescient.’
    • ‘That prediction looks even more prescient since the surge in oil prices.’
    • ‘He came to the fore with a thundering and prescient prediction of the break-up of Britain, coinciding with the Silver Jubilee.’
    • ‘It was a prescient point: 10 years on we got the Battle of Seattle.’
    • ‘A few months later, I recall rereading it and finding it scary and prescient.’
    • ‘We take no pleasure in that, and we had to endure some criticism for making such claims, but the warnings proved prescient.’
    • ‘His study of America amply confirmed this prescient intuition and made him the first anthropologist of modern equality.’
    • ‘Although no-one has ever followed through on its promises, Radio Ethiopia still sounds astonishingly prescient.’
    • ‘He was even, by the way, prescient about the meltdown of the Soviet Union.’
    • ‘But as I read on, it became apparent that the novel was so prescient it became unnerving.’
    • ‘This was an astonishingly prescient insight into what was actually to occur in the Russian Revolution.’
    • ‘His last post before the incident is scarily prescient.’
    • ‘This reveals a prescient insight into the mindset which fuels Connery's anger.’
    • ‘It makes no mention at all of White's passionate and prescient warnings.’
    • ‘A beautiful and talented actress, Dorrie ends up in a psychiatric ward, a narrative which seems extraordinarily prescient.’
    • ‘Fitzgerald's prediction is as meaningful today as it was prescient in 1924.’
    • ‘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.’
    prophetic, predictive, visionary
    psychic, clairvoyant
    far-seeing, far-sighted, with foresight, prognostic, divinatory, oracular, sibylline, apocalyptic, fateful, revelatory
    insightful, intuitive, perceptive, percipient
    foreknowing, previsional, vatic, mantic, vaticinal, vaticinatory, prognosticative, augural, adumbrative, fatidic, fatidical, haruspical, pythonic
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Origin

Early 17th century: from Latin praescient- knowing beforehand, from the verb praescire, from prae before + scire know.

Pronunciation:

prescient

/ˈprɛsɪənt/