Definition of prevenient in English:


Syllabification: pre·ven·ient
Pronunciation: /priˈvēnēənt


  • Preceding in time or order; antecedent: John Wesley referred to God’s work in the unconverted as prevenient grace
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    • But, of course, if the will determines itself only in and through such choices, free from any prevenient natural order, then it too is in itself nothing.
    • Yet God's all-wise, necessary and patient method of working out this intention in time is through calling individual human beings one-by-one to himself through prevenient grace and election.
    • But Jesus proclaims the coming kingdom of God as prevenient grace to the poor and sinners.


early 17th century: from Latin praevenient- 'coming before', from the verb praevenire, from prae 'before' + venire 'come'.

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