Definition of prevenient in English:



  • Preceding in time or order; antecedent.

    ‘the prevenient eighteenth century justice system’
    • ‘To illustrate the extent of God's prevenient love, Paul points out how rarely one person is willing to die for another, even an exceptionally good person.’
    • ‘But such a questioner would indeed be a Pelagian, showing by his very question that he regarded the human side of the achievement as the prevenient, the conditioning, the determinative.’
    • ‘In doing so, they are reminded of God's prevenient grace.’
    • ‘But, of course, if the will determines itself only in and through such choices, free from any prevenient natural order, then it too is in itself nothing.’
    • ‘Yet God's all-wise, necessary and patient method of working out this intention in time is through calling individual human beings one-by-one to himself through prevenient grace and election.’
    • ‘It was Wesley's doctrine of universal, prevenient grace which led him to hope that the heathen are ‘taught of God by his inward voice all the essentials of true religion’.’
    • ‘But Jesus proclaims the coming kingdom of God as prevenient grace to the poor and sinners.’
    preliminary, prior, previous, antecedent, preceding, introductory, preparatory, prefatory
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Early 17th century: from Latin praevenient- ‘coming before’, from the verb praevenire, from prae ‘before’ + venire ‘come’.