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A sense that something is about to occur; a premonition.

[Obsolete French, from presentir, to feel beforehand, from Latin praesentīre : prae-, pre- + sentīre, to feel; see sent- in Indo-European roots.]

pre·sen′ti·men′tal (-mĕn′tl) adj.


expressing a presentiment
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She thought, somehow, it was a mysterious and presentimental bell.
Smith issued a campaign document whose proposals ranged from the good ("Break of the shackles from the poor black man") to the bad (cut the size of Congress in half) to the ugly (grant the president "full power to send an army to suppress mobs," a presentimental plea for self-preservation).