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From French prescience, from Latin praescientia.



prescience (usually uncountable, plural presciences)

  1. Knowledge of events before they take place; foresight; foreknowledge.
    • 1754, Jonathan Edwards, An Inquiry into the Modern Prevailing Notions Respecting that Freedom of the Will which is supposed to be Essential to Moral Agency
      God's certain prescience of the volitions of moral agents
    • 2020 September 23, Paul Bigland, “The tragic tale of the Tay Bridge disaster”, in Rail, page 83:
      With prescience, the Barlows designed them to withstand a third more weight than they would be expected to bear in normal conditions - future proofing the bridge for the weight of trains we see using it today.