One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The fact or condition of being prevenient; an instance of this; an act of anticipation or forethought.
2Theology. The entry of God, or the grace of God, into a person prior to repentance or conversion.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in John Cleland (?1710–1789), novelist. From prevenient: see -ence.
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