prescient

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From Late Latin praescient, third-person plural future active indicative of (or from praesciēns (foreknowing; foretelling, predicting), present participle of) Latin praesciō (to foreknow), from prae- (prefix meaning ‘before; in front’) (ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *preh₂- (before; in front)) + sciō (to know, understand; to have knowledge of) (ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *skey- (to dissect; to split)). The word is cognate with Middle French prescient (modern French prescient (prescient)), Italian presciente (prescient).[1]

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  • Hyphenation: pre‧scient

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prescient (comparative more prescient, superlative most prescient)

  1. Exhibiting or possessing prescience: having knowledge of, or seemingly able to correctly predict, events before they take place. [from early 17th c.]
    Synonyms: clairvoyant, foreknowing, foreseeing, prescious (obsolete), prescientific (rare), prevoyant
    Antonym: unforeseeing

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  1. ^ Compare “prescient, adj.”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford: Oxford University Press, March 2007.

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