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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.
Multiculturalism is a moral intoxicant; its thrill centers around the emotion of superior virtue; its hangover subsists on a diet of nescience and blighted "good intentions."
That is because faith in the Sustainer makesthe individual steadfast in his resistance to passing corporeal pleasures and expands the soul's capacities; whereas turning one's back to God and spirituality and inclining towards such pleasures produces emotional stagnation and the degeneration of one's spiritual personality, bringing man down from the sublime station of humanity and moral excellence to the decadent level of savageness and nescience.
141)--an odd compound which is rarely used in modern English for any purpose other than translating Sanskrit and Pali, much like 'nescience' or 'horripilation'.
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. In conclusion, the reciprocal information gathering by users about their peers invites to redraft, once again, concepts of panopticism commonly employed to describe modern societies of control and discipline.
However, the views of the expectant first-time mothers during the discussion reflected a level of nescience. This may be due to the fact that, during antenatal care, more emphasis is placed on the need to breastfeed the child leaving other areas unturned.
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.