Definition of prescind in US English:



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

    ‘we have prescinded from many vexing issues’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Here is an opportunity to prescind from emotion and think critically about a very important subject.’
    • ‘After all, Christians cannot prescind from capitalism.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1with object Cut off 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’.