nescience
noun Etymology: Late Latin nescientia, from Latin nescient-, nesciens, present participle of nescire not to know, from ne- not + scire to know — more at no, science Date: 1612 lack of knowledge or awareness ; ignorancenescient adjective

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  • nescience — ⇒NESCIENCE, subst. fém. Littér. Absence de savoir, de connaissance. Synon. ignorance, méconnaissance. [Des paysannes croyantes] sont dégrevées du poids affreux du doute (...) elles possèdent la nescience presque absolue du Mal (HUYSMANS, Cathédr …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Nescience — Nes cience, n. [L. nescientia, fr. nesciens, p. pr. of nescire not to know; ne not + scire to know.] Want of knowledge; ignorance; agnosticism. [1913 Webster] God fetched it about for me, in that absence and nescience of mine. Bp. Hall. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • nescience — I noun blindness, darkness, greenness, ignorance, ignoration, incognizance, inexperience, lack of awareness, lack of knowledge, lack of learning, naivete, rawness, unawareness, uncomprehension, unenlightenment, uninformedness, unintelligence,… …   Law dictionary

  • nescience — (n.) ignorance, 1610s, from L.L. nescientia, from nesciens (see NESCIENT (Cf. nescient)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • nescience — noun /ˈnɛsɪəns,ˈnɛʃəns/ a) Ignorance; the absence of knowledge, especially of orthodox beliefs. To lapse from knowledge into nescience is always possible there is no law of God or man forbidding it. b) The doctrine that nothing is actually… …   Wiktionary

  • nescience — (entrée créée par le supplément) (nè ssi an s ) s. f. État de celui qui ne sait pas, qui n a pas de savoir. •   Dès le début, la religion a fait les plus grands efforts pour unir plus ou moins de science à la nescience ; la science a dès le début …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • nescience — nescient, adj. /nesh euhns, nesh ee euhns, nes ee /, n. 1. lack of knowledge; ignorance. 2. agnosticism. [1605 15; < LL nescientia ignorance, equiv. to ne not + scientia knowledge; see SCIENCE] * * * …   Universalium

  • nescience — Synonyms and related words: agnosticism, blankmindedness, callowness, empty headedness, greenhornism, greenness, hiatus of learning, ignorance, ignorantism, ignorantness, inanity, inexperience, innocence, know nothingism, knowledge gap, lack of… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • nescience — I (Roget s IV) n. Syn. naïveté, inexperience, unawareness; see ignorance 2 . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun 1. The condition of being ignorant; lack of knowledge or learning: benightedness, ignorance, illiteracy, illiterateness. See KNOWLEDGE. 2 …   English dictionary for students

  • nescience — nes·ci·ence || neʃns / nesɪəns n. lack of knowledge; ignorance; agnosticism; skepticism …   English contemporary dictionary

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