One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[NO OBJECT]prescind from
1Leave out of consideration.‘such traditionalists have prescinded from novel practices and attitudes’
- ‘After all, Christians cannot prescind from capitalism.’
- ‘In identifying defeaters that our evidence must eliminate if we are to claim knowledge, the more we prescind from practical considerations, the wider we cast our net.’
- ‘There are tremendously significant issues, and this doesn't prescind from making a judgment on people's personalities.’
- ‘Here is an opportunity to prescind from emotion and think critically about a very important subject.’
- ‘To prescind from these features, however, is to forfeit the autonomy of concrete individuals that must, as I argued, be the starting point for determining how we should act in these cases.’
- 1.1with object Detach or separate from something.‘his is an idea entirely prescinded from all of the others’
- ‘We can react to it and then prescind it from what we experience.’
Mid 17th century (in the sense ‘cut off abruptly or prematurely’): from Latin praescindere, from prae ‘before’ + scindere ‘to cut’.
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