V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: ability to tell the future
Synonyms: clairvoyance, foresight, anticipation, intuition, prophesy, precognition, vision
Tips: Prescience is probably best remembered by breaking the word down: pre, "before" + science, "knowledge." Therefore, prescience is having prior knowledge about something by being able to predict the future. Prescient is the adjective, meaning "foresighted, prophetic, or perceptive."
George Orwell wrote with eerie prescience, foreshadowing many of the shortcomings of modern life. (precognition, foresight)
The forefathers of the United States had the prescience to know that a system of checks and balances is needed in a democratic society. (vision, foresight)
She made a prescient prediction that it would rain on the day of her wedding, and it did. (prophetic) adjective
Her prescience amazed her friends, and they insisted that she must be psychic. (clairvoyance, intuition)
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