Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to prescience.
  • adj. Possessing prescience.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having knowledge of events before they take place; possessing or exhibiting prescience.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having knowledge of coming events; foreseeing; conscious beforehand.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Foreknowing; having knowledge of events before they take place.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. perceiving the significance of events before they occur

Etymologies

French, from Old French, from Latin praesciēns, praescient-, present participle of praescīre, to know beforehand : prae-, pre- + scīre, to know.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin praescire ("know beforehand"), from prae + scire. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Whether Stephenson's vision of a totally privatized America will turn out to be equally prescient is at least one theme of Jody Freeman and Martha Minow's edited volume, Government by Contract.

    David Isenberg: Admiral Bob's Global Security: The Future of PSC?

  • Buckley warned in prescient terms against what would become the Rovite heresy at the Xth Party Congress in 1976.

    Matthew Yglesias » Independent Thinking!

  • He's made some bad ones, to be sure - he was notably burned by telecom companies during the dotcom bust - but over the course of a few decades of investing, Gilder has become known as a prescient technophile.

    Forbes.com: News

  • Look up the word prescient, then reread the last few posts.

    Think Progress

  • In a groundbreaking new book that Publishers Weekly has already called "prescient" -

    intellectual properties

  • In 2007, Mr. Dai gave up a manufacturing business he had run for years and switched to credit guarantee, a change of course he jokingly calls "prescient" in light of the funding plight facing small manufacturers now.

    China's New Lenders of Last Resort

  • (Recall his prescient volume "Condi vs. Hillary," published before the 2008 Presidential election campaign.)

    Knowing Know-It-Alls

  • I can recall a prescient political cartoon about candidate Reagan from Pat Oliphant circa campaign 1976:

    The Chimes at Midnight

  • Few Israelis have yet publicly recalled the prescient remark of one of the fathers of modern Zionism, Chaim Weizmann: "The world will judge the Jewish state by the way it will treat the Arabs."

    Signs of the Times

  • Ms. Willingham, 30, could not help but recall a prescient conversation she and her younger brother had recently.

    NYT > Home Page

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  • The attack was prescient.

    July 4, 2013

  • This is an excellent word, sounds like precious, describe foresight, or the ability to see into the future, whether figuratively or literally.

    July 7, 2007