1. The act or state of being antecedent or prevenient.
2. Attention to another's needs.


obsolete the act or state of being prevenient

prevenance, prevenience

the act or state of preceding or coming before. — prevenient, adj.
See also: Time
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Smith's first chapter, "Prevenience," will be of particular interest to readers of Communal Societies.
Before receiving and reading them, Charles, knowing full well the guarantee of his now certain marriage, responds inwardly with "grateful love for a father who in making such a provision for my happiness, had generously left my choice so free." (64) Clearly the "f" in "father" slips into an "F" as well, the human preparation for Charles's happiness converging with the prevenience of supernatural grace.
Michael Purcell, "The Prevenience and Phenomenality of Grace, or, the Anteriority of the Posterior," pp.
(3) In synoptic form, these hypotheses (or "links") may be delineated as follows: 1) The "natural spirituality" of all persons, believer or nonbeliever (universal prevenience hypothesis); 2) the spiritual (directional) nature of psychological structures and processes (telic directionality hypothesis); 3) the structural (psychological) mediation of all relational experience (structural mediation hypothesis); 4) the development of structural and directional maturity markers (developmental complementarity hypothesis); 5) the primacy of implicit and procedural structures of morality in personality change (implicit structural change hypothesis); and, 6) the centrality of intersubjective relatedness for implicit relational transformation (intersubjective relatedness hypothesis).
Prevenience is an operative principle in Milton's epic for denoting the Son's gracious intervention.
Explaining that "faith is the motion of mans heart wrought in him by the Spirit of God," Ball proceeds to a more quotidian level of illustration, comparing the "action" of faith to a wheel that, "in being moved of another, doth move." Divine prevenience is such that "faith is nothing but the action of God in man"; yet the "act" of faith "is the act of man," for all that the believer, like the wheel, is incapable of autonomous motion.