Word of the Day – Prescience

Word of the Day : June 21, 2022


noun PRESH-ee-unss

What It Means

Prescience is the ability to see or anticipate what will or might happen in the future.

// Stacy had the prescience to know that the stock’s value wasn’t going to remain high forever, and she managed to sell it just before it started to decrease.

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“As the author of some of the most searing indictments of the damage governments and people can do, George Orwell has become synonymous with the kind of prescience most artists only dream of.” — Clarke Reader, The Elbert County News (Kiowa, Colorado), 16 Mar. 2022

Did You Know?

If you know the origin of science you already know half the story of prescienceScience comes from the Latin verb sciōscīre, “to know,” also source of such words as conscienceconscious, and omnisciencePrescience has as its ancestor a word that attached prae-, a predecessor of pre-, to this root to make praescire, meaning “to know beforehand.”