Definition of prescience in English:


Pronunciation: /ˈprēSH(ē)əns//ˈpreSH(ē)əns/


  • The fact of knowing something before it takes place; foreknowledge.

    ‘with extraordinary prescience, Jung actually predicted the Nazi eruption’
    • ‘A rereading, however, shows that he had imagined our future with incredible prescience and was rightly appalled by the vista.’
    • ‘‘Unbelievable,’ Federer said, dwelling on his prescience.’
    • ‘This book is also worth re-reading because of Card's prescience in anticipating the Internet's role in political debate.’
    • ‘Some of them have occurred exactly as predicted, and stand as proof of my prescience and insight.’
    • ‘And the stark prescience of the imagery must make us shiver.’
    far-sightedness, foresight, foreknowledge
    psychic powers, clairvoyance
    prediction, prognostication, divination, prophesy, augury
    insight, vision, intuition, perception, percipience
    third eye
    vaticination, haruspication, pythonism, prevision, psychism, adumbration
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