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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.


From Latin praeveniēns ("preceding, coming before"). (Wiktionary)


  • 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.

    Progress and History

  • The traditional doctrine defining this truth is prevenience: God everywhere and always seizing the initiative.



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