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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.
young women who are too innocent, sometimes victims of a wicked plot, but often also of their own desire and their lack of knowledge of the nature of the world and the sexual and gender relations in a patriarchal society--this is the case of the heroines of Mary Delariviere Manley and Eliza Haywood in much of the presentimental narrative of the first part of the century, who could be called unfortunate mistresses (Ballaster 1992, 179); 3.
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).