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1. Coming before; preceding.
2. Expectant; anticipatory.

[Latin praeveniēns, praevenient-, present participle of praevenīre, to precede : prae-, pre- + venīre, to come; see gwā- in Indo-European roots.]

pre·ven′ient·ly adv.


coming before; anticipating or preceding
[C17: from Latin praevenīre to precede, prevent]
preˈveniently adv


(prɪˈvin yənt)

1. coming before; antecedent.
2. anticipatory.
[1600–10; < Latin praevenient- (s. of praeveniēns) coming before, present participle of praevenīre to anticipate]
pre•ven′ience, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.prevenient - in anticipationprevenient - in anticipation      
antecedent - preceding in time or order
References in classic literature ?
Thus they in lowliest plight repentant stood Praying, for from the Mercie-seat above Prevenient Grace descending had remov'd The stonie from thir hearts, and made new flesh Regenerat grow instead, that sighs now breath'd Unutterable, which the Spirit of prayer Inspir'd, and wing'd for Heav'n with speedier flight Then loudest Oratorie: yet thir port Not of mean suiters, nor important less Seem'd thir Petition, then when th' ancient Pair In Fables old, less ancient yet then these, DEUCALION and chaste PYRRHA to restore The Race of Mankind drownd, before the Shrine Of THEMIS stood devout.
Though he had never regarded himself as other than an orthodox Christian, and would argue on prevenient grace if the subject were proposed to him, I think his virtual divinities were good practical schemes, accurate work, and the faithful completion of undertakings: his prince of darkness was a slack workman.
Williams affirms the practice of infant baptism as an act of God's prevenient grace but warns that churches that practice infant baptism should "make every effort to reinstate the baptism of believers.
According to Hughes, special grace is further distinguished in terms of prevenient grace--the belief that God acts first in saving his people; efficacious grace-the notion that grace accomplishes the divine purpose; irresistible grace--the principle that grace cannot be refused; and sufficient grace--the idea that grace is able to save, preserve, and transform one in earthly life and successfully bring one into the heavenly kingdom.
Today's General and Freewill Baptists insist that regeneration follows repentance and faith, and that prevenient or enabling grace in the individual cooperates with God's saving grace made known in Christ to bring salvation to individual sinners.
In his 1785 sermon "On Working Out Our Own Salvation," Wesley defined prevenient grace as conscience or an inner awareness of the good and of God's will.
Prevenient grace tries to account for the profound mystery of why people can be receptive to the Gospel and God's grace before they actually accept it.
Theologians talk about a prevenient grace that precedes grace itself and allows us to accept it.
The theological differentiation of grace into such categories as justifying grace, sanctifying grace, prevenient grace, actual grace, and so on, need not be interpreted as an attempt to identify different "graces.
And I confess that on December 81 did not knowingly and deliberately confuse everyone in the pews by reading aloud that Mary's Immaculate Conception was "on account of your prevenient grace.
The 'mother of God' of Roman Catholic Marian dogma is quite simply the principle, type and essence of the human creature cooperating servantlike (ministerialiter) in its own redemption on the basis of prevenient grace, and to that extent, the principle, type and essence of the church" (213).
To claim or to recognize that the ultimate nature of reality can no longer be understood in terms of matter and energy, but that a somehow prevenient domain of information underlies all empirical manifestation--whatever this may mean (17) - must not be construed as a return to Platonic metaphysics, or any other form of metaphysics.