Presentient

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Presentient Feeling or perceiving beforehand.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • presentient Perceiving beforehand; having a prophetic sense or impression.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Presentient prē-sen′shi-ent perceiving beforehand
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Quotations

  • J. August Strindberg
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    “Happiness consumes itself like a flame. It cannot burn for ever, it must go out, and the presentiment of its end destroys it at its very peak.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. praesentiens, p. pr. of praesentire, to perceive beforehand; prae, before + sentire, to feel

Usage

In literature:

A strange and unaccountable presentiment was upon her; she trembled with mysterious forebodings.
"Frederick The Great and His Family" by L. Muhlbach
He keeps telling me he has a presentiment that he is going to die.
"Heartbreak House" by George Bernard Shaw
I take a great deal of exercise; but yet I feel assured that my presentiment will be fulfilled.
"Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte, Complete" by Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne
His retreating colour rose again; he had a presentiment of what was coming.
"Maurice Guest" by Henry Handel Richardson
I had a presentiment that to press it might lead to unpleasant results.
"A Far Country, Complete" by Winston Churchill
The presentiment of an immense misfortune oppressed his heart.
"The Widow Lerouge" by Emile Gaboriau
A presentiment of impending misfortune chilled her blood, and stopped the beatings of her heart.
"File No. 113" by Emile Gaboriau
He had no presentiment, no suspicions!
"Pierre and Jean" by Guy de Maupassant
In general, a presentiment is but the result upon the consciousness of conscious or unconscious fear.
"The Witch of Prague" by F. Marion Crawford
Although in good health she had a presentiment that she should return no more.
"The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete" by Duc de Saint-Simon
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In poetry:

She might have been, she WAS no more
Than what a prescient hope could make, —
A dear presentiment of thee
I loved but for thy sake.
"Second Love" by Henry Timrod
But hark! O hear! My senses reel!
Some grand presentiment I feel!
A voice of love, bouquet of truth,
The quick sound of the feet of youth!
"To The South" by Maurice Thompson
Which fills with sadness the presentient mind,
And for a far-off home awakes the sigh;
Which makes us gaze, with longings undefined,
On dim blue hills, and weep--we know not why.
"Echoes Of Spring" by Mathilde Blind

In news:

Less than a week after it pumped up the stock market and gave the country a presentiment of a quick and tidy war, it was all but forgotten.
So I have the vice-presential debate on TV on Thursday night, while visiting my mom in the hospital, when something catches my ear while a nurse is visiting.
A new study at Northwestern University shows evidence that presentiment may exist in humans.
There are plenty of skeptics, but authors believe 'presentiment' is a real, physical effect.
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In science:

IBVP is an abbreviation for ”initial boundary value problem ” Next, for the bene fit of the reader, we shall begin by presenti ng four results of [] which we will need for to solve our problem.
Generalized Solutions of a Nonlinear Parabolic Equation with Generalized Functions as Initial Data
Tutto ci`o, oltre a provocare gli usuali effetti di dispersione, eventualmente presenti anche durante la fase di avvicinamento alla barriera, sembra poter avere, in certi casi, un effetto accelerante sul pacchetto o, addirittura, portare alla sua trasmissione prima ancora che il picco principale la abbia raggiunta.
Tempi di Tunnelling (Tunneling Times)
On the other hand, above 10 mbar, the temperature inversion—when present—is very large, reaching a 400 K peak.
A time-dependent radiative model for the atmosphere of the eccentric exoplanets
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