Definitions

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

  • n. A knowing in advance; foresight.
  • n. A prediction; a forecast.
  • transitive v. To foresee.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Advance knowledge; foresight.
  • n. A prediction.
  • v. To predict or envision the future.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Foresight; foreknowledge; prescience.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of foreseeing; foresight; foreknowledge; prescience.
  • n. A specific act of foresight or prescience.
  • n. Synonyms See inference.

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

  • n. seeing ahead; knowing in advance; foreseeing
  • n. the act of predicting (as by reasoning about the future)
  • n. a prophetic vision (as in a dream)
  • n. the power to foresee the future

Etymologies

From Latin praevisio. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • What so baffles our prevision is the shifting part played by the margin and focus -- in fact, by each element by itself of the margin or focus -- in calling up the next ideas.

    Talks To Teachers On Psychology; And To Students On Some Of Life's Ideals

  • But however this may be, it is clear that as fast as the notion of equality gained definiteness, so fast did that lowest kind of quantitative prevision which is achieved without any instrumental aid, become possible.

    Essays on Education and Kindred Subjects Everyman's Library

  • Whatever was done was the completion of previous government plans, no new investment, no consideration for population growth and what is worse, no prevision to fight a new El Niño effect already felt in 2003-2004.

    Matthew Yglesias » Hugo Chavez, Inflation Hawk

  • But Agno was a chill-blooded philosopher and bided his time, being different from Jerry in that he possessed human prevision and could adjust his actions to remote ends.

    CHAPTER XV

  • The author interviewed 12 architects before he found one who understood his need for prevision.

    Crime Writer's Refuge

  • Hobart Flail, who implied that he had the gift of prevision, was always making such forecasts, but in a sadistic manner, as though thrashing us.

    Beard

  • But the decorum of yesteryear was, such that if one were known to be awkward with little ones or to abhor pets, prevision would be made to keep a valued guest's discomfort or annoyance at a minimum.

    Michael Henry Adams: Why I Hate dogs: Useful Advice for Summer Guests and Hosts

  • Smart Grid technology is used by electricity utilities for grid management applications such as outage prevision and management, advanced metering, preventive maintenance, asset management and optimisation and load management and control.

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  • It is a personal sense of achievement that one had the prevision, just like buying a share, whose price soars.

    Why to waste the vote?

  • Do not, like them, entertain a desperate craving for things out of your reach; you know that by prevision many successes are gained, but few or none by mere greed.

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

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  • I was not wrong, heaven help me, in my prevision of the Milne work.
    —Dorothy Parker, review of Give Me Yesterday by her arch-nemesis A.A. Milne, in The New Yorker, 14 Mar. 1931

    An insignificant sentence, perhaps, but I don't know that I've ever actually seen the word 'prevision' used before.

    November 13, 2008