Definition of prescind in English:


Syllabification: pre·scind
Pronunciation: /priˈsind


[no object] (prescind from) • formal
  • 1Leave out of consideration: we have prescinded from many vexing issues
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    • In identifying defeaters that our evidence must eliminate if we are to claim knowledge, the more we prescind from practical considerations, the wider we cast our net.
    • There are tremendously significant issues, and this doesn't prescind from making a judgment on people's personalities.
    • Here is an opportunity to prescind from emotion and think critically about a very important subject.
  • 1.1 [with object] Cut off or separate from something: his is an idea entirely prescinded from all of the others
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    • We can react to it and then prescind it from what we experience.


mid 17th century (in the sense 'cut off abruptly or prematurely'): from Latin praescindere, from prae 'before' + scindere 'to cut'.

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