Origin of prescienceOld French from Ecclesiastical Late Latin praescientia from Classical Latin praescire, to know beforehand: see pre- and science
Prescience is defined as the power to know something before it happens or to the ability to tell the future.
When you predict that you will meet a tall, dark and handsome stranger in a month and you end up meeting that person, this is an example of prescience.
Knowledge of actions or events before they occur; foresight.
- Luke and Laura, for example, are a couple that has spent 30+ years in the consciousness of the fans whether Genie Francis is on the screen or Luke is married to Tracy, the prescience of Luke and Laura as a couple cannot be diminished.
- Tomei followed that up with her splashy on screen prescience in the film My Cousin Vinny.
- As the war with Spain was inevitable, and as, when it broke out in the following year (1762), it was followed by triumphs for which Pitt had prepared the way, the prescience of the great war-minister appeared to be fully established.
- In his last candidature at Wycombe he stood on more independent ground, commending himself by a series of speeches which fully displayed his quality, though the prescience which gemmed them with more than one prophetic passage was veiled from his contemporaries.
- "There is no absurdity in supposing that the deity may, for wise purposes, have chosen to open a source of contingency in the voluntary actions of his creatures, to which no prescience can possibly extend."