1. foreknowledge of events;
2. divine omniscience;
3. human anticipation of the course of events, foresight
farsightedness, foresight, vision
Origin: “Science” comes from the Latin verb “scire,” which means “to know”, the source of many English words such as “conscience,” “conscious,” and “omniscience”. “Prescience” comes from the Latin verb “praescire,” which means “to know beforehand.” (Merriam-Webster Online)
“Nescience” means “ignorance” and comes from “scire” plus “ne-,” which means “not” in Latin.
As used in One Hundred Years of Solitude:
‘He would walk along groping in the air, although he passed between objects with an inexplicable fluidity as if he were endowed with some instinct of direction based on an immediate prescience.’
I like the sound of this word, along with the simplicity and directness of its meaning…. pre-science = before science = foresight. And who hasn’t wished they had perfect foresight at one time or another! 🙂
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