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prescience

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noun

  • 1 the uncanny prescience of children
    psychic powers, clairvoyance;
    prediction, prognostication, divination, prophecy, augury;
    insight, intuition, perception, percipience
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    prescience

    What appeals to me about this word is how you can use it to describe a predictive knowledge of the future (In retrospect, Kafka's novels strike us as having an almost eerie prescience) without sounding as if you believe in ESP, or some other such hocus-pocus. Clairvoyance and second-sightedness are obviously quite different. Perhaps that's simply because prescience has 'science' embedded in it. The word, and how we use it, seems to me to imply that, without necessarily admitting it or making a big fuss, we understand that there are many occasions on which, without any rational explanation, we know what is going to happen.
    Francine Prose

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