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prescient Line breaks: pres¦ci|ent
Pronunciation: /ˈprɛsɪənt/

Definition of prescient in English:


Having or showing knowledge of events before they take place: a prescient warning
More example sentences
  • It makes no mention at all of White's passionate and prescient warnings.
  • We take no pleasure in that, and we had to endure some criticism for making such claims, but the warnings proved prescient.
  • He came to the fore with a thundering and prescient prediction of the break-up of Britain, coinciding with the Silver Jubilee.
prophetic, predictive, visionary;
psychic, clairvoyant;
insightful, intuitive, perceptive, percipient
rare foreknowing, previsional, vatic, mantic, vaticinal, vaticinatory, prognosticative, augural, adumbrative, fatidic, fatidical, haruspical, pythonic


Early 17th century: from Latin praescient- 'knowing beforehand', from the verb praescire, from prae 'before' + scire 'know'.



Pronunciation: /ˈprɛsɪəntli/
Example sentences
  • But he adds, presciently: ‘I have a strange feeling that all this is important.’
  • They understand that this president, or any president, will not always judge future events presciently or execute policy flawlessly.
  • The start was the high point, but the speech did a number of smart things, as one of Clinton's speechwriters presciently described a few days ago.

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