Definition of prevenience in US English:

prevenience

noun

  • 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.

Origin

Mid 18th century; earliest use found in John Cleland (?1710–1789), novelist. From prevenient: see -ence.