• WordNet 3.6
    • n precognition knowledge of an event before it occurs
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Precognition (Scots Law) A preliminary examination of a criminal case with reference to a prosecution.
    • Precognition Previous cognition.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n precognition Previous knowledge or cognition; antecedent examination.
    • n precognition A preliminary examination; specifically, in Scots law, a preliminary examination of a witness or of one likely to know something about a case, or the evidence taken down; especially, an examination of witnesses to a criminal act, before a judge, justice of the peace, or sheriff, by a procurator-fiscal, in order to know whether there is ground of trial, and to enable him to set forth the facts in the libel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Precognition prē-kog-nish′un cognition, knowledge, or examination beforehand:
    • n Precognition prē-kog-nish′un (Scots law) an examination of witnesses as to whether there is ground for prosecution
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. praecognitio, fr. praecognoscere, to foreknow. See Pre-, and Cognition


In literature:

I have only to add that our sheriff has taken a precognition, and committed one or two of the rioters.
"Red Gauntlet" by Sir Walter Scott
But to resume: I have it here in Mr. Mungo Campbell's precognition that you ran immediately up the brae.
"David Balfour, Second Part" by Robert Louis Stevenson
It's direct proof of precognition, and because of the prominence of the event, everybody will hear about it.
"The Edge of the Knife" by Henry Beam Piper
The 'precognitions,' or private examinations of witnesses before the trial, extended to more than seven hundred persons.
"Historical Mysteries" by Andrew Lang
Well, look, Dad; what's your attitude on precognition?
"Time and Time Again" by Henry Beam Piper
It must be pure precognition.
"The Leader" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins (AKA Murray Leinster)
Have you heard of precognition?
"Talents, Incorporated" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
I should imagine that precognition would be a powerful talent.
"Card Trick" by Walter Bupp AKA Randall Garrett
The Lodge had proved that several times, in spite of my strong feelings that I had flashes of precognition.
"Vigorish" by Gordon Randall Garrett
The rarest is precognition; I have not heard of anyone having that in over fifty years.
"A Matter of Honor" by Ann Wilson

In news:

New hardware devices like Pebble and Google Glass (above) will be the early browsers of precognitive technology.
The article on precognition by Prof.
The eerie parallels between Robertson's account of the Titan's demise and the sinking of the Titanic gave the author a reputation for precognition after 1912.
The frenzy of criticism that has greeted the recent publication of evidence for precognition highlights an important problem with its review process.