American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Knowledge of actions or events before they occur; foresight.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Foreknowledge; previous knowledge; knowledge of events before they take place; foresight.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Knowledge of events before they take place; foresight.
- n. the power to foresee the future
- From French prescience, from Latin praescientia. (Wiktionary)
“In some of us, the gift of prescience is so great that it enables us to see far ahead to the new paths along which human progress will travel.”
“But such a prescience is not the cause why any thing is so or so, though in the event it certainly will be so, as the mathematician who foresees an eclipse does not thereby cause that eclipse to be.”
“Williams’ prescience is kind of stunning at times.”
“The discovery of the possibility of transmitting power by a wire, and converting it again into mechanical energy, is a strange story of the human blindness that almost always attends an acuteness, a thinking power, a prescience, that is the characteristic of humanity alone, but which so often stops short of results.”
“Above all, that additional sense which may be defined as prescience, and, which was a development of the other five, was alive within him, ready to warn him of a hostile presence.”
“He gets credit for the Panama Canal Treaty, the Camp David Accords between Egypt and Israel, advocacy of human rights, and for "prescience" in warning Americans about the economic and political consequences of their addiction to oil.”
“If people did have that kind of prescience, they should play the stock market instead and become so rich that who is in office would not matter to them anymore.”
“Perhaps, he's been reading too many of his on-line admirers "prescience" comments.”
“If the detective had a memory, it was of a peculiar kind that allowed him to absorb his prior experiences to such an extent and so densely that it almost qualified as a kind of prescience: an instinct lodged in the hindbrain, it allowed him to extrapolate from clues toward final solutions, but did not afford him the luxury of his own memories.”
“But his significance seems largely due to the "prescience" with which many critics and historians credit him.”
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