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nes·cience

 (nĕsh′əns, nĕsh′ē-əns, nēsh′-, nĕs′ē-əns, nē′sē-)
n.
1. Absence of knowledge or awareness; ignorance.
2. Agnosticism.

[Late Latin nescientia, from Latin nesciēns, nescient-, present participle of nescīre, to be ignorant : ne-, not; see ne in Indo-European roots + scīre, to know; see skei- in Indo-European roots.]

nes′cient adj. & n.

nescient

- Can mean "ignorant" or "agnostic," coming from Latin ne, "not," and scire, "know."
See also related terms for ignorant.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.nescient - holding that only material phenomena can be known and knowledge of spiritual matters or ultimate causes is impossiblenescient - holding that only material phenomena can be known and knowledge of spiritual matters or ultimate causes is impossible
agnostical, agnostic - uncertain of all claims to knowledge
2.nescient - uneducated in general; lacking knowledge or sophistication; "an ignorant man"; "nescient of contemporary literature"; "an unlearned group incapable of understanding complex issues"; "exhibiting contempt for his unlettered companions"
uneducated - not having a good education

nescient

adjective
Translations

nescient

adj (geh)unwissend
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