• WordNet 3.6
    • n prescience the power to foresee the future
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Prescience Knowledge of events before they take place; foresight. "God's certain prescience of the volitions of moral agents."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n prescience Foreknowledge; previous knowledge; knowledge of events before they take place; foresight.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Prescience prē′shi-ens knowledge of events beforehand: foresight
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. prescience, L. praescientia,. See Prescient
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. præsciens, pr.p. of præscīrepræ, before, scīre, to know.


In literature:

But the Civil War justified his prescience.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 121, November, 1867" by Various
He smiled at his prescience when Guillaume flung himself against it once more.
"Captain Dieppe" by Anthony Hope
She had in her some fatal prescience, that made her calm.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Melindy had a sudden prescience of peril.
"The Backwoodsmen" by Charles G. D. Roberts
In what does the prescience of love differ from inspiration?
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 86, December, 1864" by Various
It was Gregg's prescience.
"Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman" by J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
It gratified her to see how acute her prescience had been when Dr Barnes made his furious reply to the bishop.
"The Fifth Queen" by Ford Madox Ford
Unless, therefore, we credit him with superhuman prescience, it is absurd to make him talk in this way.
"Bible Romances" by George W. Foote
Even the bailiffs, as if moved by some strange prescience, had fallen back and allowed her to enter alone.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
He gripped the savory body of Mamise close to him and found her to his whim, foreseeing it with a mysterious prescience.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes

In poetry:

The abhorred spring of Dis,
With seething presciences
The preparate worm.
"To The Dead Cardinal Of Westminster" by Francis Thompson
Doubting, was not ashamed to doubt,
And, lacking prescience, went without:
Often appeared to halt,
And was, of course, at fault:
"Abraham Lincoln: An Horatian Ode" by Richard Henry Stoddard
You will consent, through all my veins like wine
This prescience flows; your lips meet mine above,
Your clear soft eyes look upward into mine
Dim in a silent ecstasy of love.
"The Temple Dancing Girl" by Laurence Hope
Suppose some soldier dying, gaily dying,
Under the alien skies, in his last hour,
Should listen, in death's prescience so vivid,
And hear a fairy sound bloom like a flower–
"Grey Knitting" by Katherine Hale
To humbleness of heart descends
This prescience from on high,
The faith that elevates the just,
Before and when they die;
And makes each soul a separate heaven
A court for Deity.
"The Primrose of the Rock" by William Wordsworth
Then let thy words bring comfort to my soul.
I've heard the spirit of the gods is in thee;
That thou canst look into the fates of men,
With prescience more than human!
"Belshazzar. A Sacred Drama" by Hannah More

In news:

As a collector, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller showed singular prescience.
Prescience taps Nichols as chairman.
Peter Nichols has joined U.K.-based film financier Prescience as chairman.
An Angry Comic's Afterlife Proves His Prickly Prescience .
Or call it an uncanny prescience.
Richard Lawson already wrote in an Out essay that Silver "sets many gay (and straight, probably) hearts aflutter with his eerie prescience and rumpled-yet-sharp geeky aesthetic".
If Race showcases any of playwright David Mamet 's virtues, it's prescience.
An Angry Comic's Afterlife Proves His Prickly Prescience.
Professor Graham Allison of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government earns full marks for prescience about Iran's covert nuclear site.
This virtuous name is associated with prescience, wisdom, and discernment.
It's been some four decades since Meijer—–in an act of retailing prescience and an urbanist's nightmare—–introduced the first big-box shop, aptly called Thrifty Acres, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

In science:

Reading again these early papers one cannot but marvel at the prescience of the authors and the courage of the exponents who were taking on what must have seemed an impossible task.
Status of VHE Astronomy c.2000
The corresponding near-future uncertainties appear as a dashed ellipse, centered (for lack of prescience) on the present experimental central values.
Low-Energy Signals for a Minimal Gauge-Mediated Model