• WordNet 3.6
    • adj prevenient in anticipation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Prevenient Going before; preceding; hence, preventive. "Prevenient grace descending."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • prevenient Going before; precedent; anticipative of later events.
    • prevenient Preventive; hindering; restraining.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Prevenient (Milt.) going before: preceding: preventive
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. praeveniens, p. pr
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. præventus, pa.p. of prævenīrepræ, before, venīre, to come.


In literature:

No doom retributive attends the deed That wreaks prevenient wrong.
"The Seven Plays in English Verse" by Sophocles
As for Mark, nothing less than God's prevenient grace could explain his presence at Silchester.
"The Altar Steps" by Compton MacKenzie
Then by His prevenient working within us He moves us to return.
"The Pursuit of God" by A. W. Tozer
Indeed even those first currents stand here for the deepest religious truths, the prevenience of God and man's affinity to Him.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 4" by Various