from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or state of being antecedent or prevenient.
- n. Attention to another's needs.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The act or condition of occurring earlier, of being antecedent.
- n. Something done beforehand in anticipation of a later situation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of going before; anticipation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of anticipating or going before; anticipation.
I first learned the word "prevenience" from Eugene Peterson in his book "The Contemplative Pastor".
The keen sense, present throughout this amazingly rich collection, of the reality, prevenience, presence, protection -- of the central importance for man, of God, the All-Abiding, finds thus its full, deathless articulation.
The traditional doctrine defining this truth is prevenience: God everywhere and always seizing the initiative.