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 (nĕsh′əns, nĕsh′ē-əns, nēsh′-, nĕs′ē-əns, nē′sē-)
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.


a formal or literary word for ignorance
[C17: from Late Latin nescientia, from Latin nescīre to be ignorant of, from ne not + scīre to know; compare science]
ˈnescient adj


(ˈnɛʃ əns, ˈnɛʃ i əns, ˈnɛs i-)

1. lack of knowledge; ignorance.
[1605–15; < Late Latin nescientia ignorance =ne- not + scientia knowledge; see science]
nes′cient, adj.


, inscience - Nescience and inscience both mean "ignorance."
See also related terms for ignorance.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nescience - ignorance (especially of orthodox beliefs)
ignorance - the lack of knowledge or education


1. The condition of being ignorant; lack of knowledge or learning:
2. The condition of being uninformed or unaware:
References in classic literature ?
In such a naked state of nescience, Valentin had a view and a method of his own.
In principle we cannot know the future in detail, whereas if we are ignorant of the past such nescience is due to lack of epistemological industry or accidental lack of evidence.
Regarding the status of the knowledge circulated in such environments, it characterizes the management of visibility as an exploitation of both operational cognizance and nescience.
She says: "This season you'll find all the Nugacities you could hope for, along with some straightforward Nescience, the odd Narquois comment and a lot of Narishkeit, all of which adds up to a Neogenesis on the letter N.
Do you agree with the views of atheists, that nescience supports faith in God and knowledge destroys it?
The poet introduces a medley of early childhood attributes and images in order to bring to life adolescenza in his poem, especially through those childlike traits that foreground the need for an adult's support such as portability, fearfulness, nescience, emotionality, reliance, and incomprehension; nonetheless, childhood innocence, as a state of complete impeccability and blamelessness, is the only trait excluded from being applied to the pilgrim and understandably so: the pilgrim could have never been portrayed in a condition without the possibility of sinning.
Wootton makes a passing nod to the reliability of practical knowledge before that provocative quote, but he clearly regards it as nescience when compared to scientific knowledge.
Such an outrageous denial reflects a collective nescience among the international community toward the suffering of an occupied and systematically oppressed people.
This nescience was transfigured into a positive value in Jesus' human existence, as it can be in ours (147).
Of such transactions Keen points to Hardy's journey into solitariness, moving "towards an embrace of nescience (the condition of not knowing) and affirming his monist perspective on the universe's organization" (104).
Yet the fact remains that the unity referred to as Existence is indeed a negative totality with a positive nescience on the part of multiplicity of most conscious existents: it has an underlying asymmetric connection between things perceived as "parts" and is non-integrable by way of logical representation.
Certainly Kasper, given his theological reputation and immense ecumenical experience, must be familiar with this nuance of Orthodoxy not recognizing the absolute non-dissolubility of sacramental marriage; its absence is either a glaring omission from this proposal or certainly must be categorized as ignorance and not nescience.