Definition of prescind in English:



[no object]prescind from
  • 1Leave out of consideration.

    ‘such traditionalists have prescinded from novel practices and attitudes’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


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