pre·scient (prĕshənt, -ē-ənt, prēshənt, -shē-ənt)
1. Of or relating to prescience.
2. Possessing prescience.
[French, from Old French, from Latin praesciēns, praescient-, present participle of praescīre, to know beforehand : prae-, pre- + scīre, to know; see skei- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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