Definition of prescind in English:

prescind

verb

[NO OBJECT]prescind from
formal
  • 1Leave out of consideration.

    ‘such traditionalists have prescinded from novel practices and attitudes’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After all, Christians cannot prescind from capitalism.’
    • ‘Here is an opportunity to prescind from emotion and think critically about a very important subject.’
    • ‘There are tremendously significant issues, and this doesn't prescind from making a judgment on people's personalities.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 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.’

Origin

Mid 17th century (in the sense ‘cut off abruptly or prematurely’): from Latin praescindere, from prae ‘before’ + scindere ‘to cut’.

Pronunciation

prescind

/prɪˈsɪnd/