from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Absence of knowledge or awareness; ignorance.
- n. Agnosticism.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The absence of knowledge; ignorance, especially of orthodox beliefs.
- n. The doctrine that nothing is actually knowable.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Want of knowledge; ignorance; agnosticism.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of not knowing; lack of knowledge; ignorance.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. ignorance (especially of orthodox beliefs)
Late Latin nescientia, from Latin nesciēns, nescient-, present participle of nescīre, to be ignorant : ne-, not; see ne in Indo-European roots + scīre, to know; see skei- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin nescientia, from the present participle of nescire. (Wiktionary)