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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
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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.
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.
The 2010 translation has introduced some new vocabulary such as prevenient--as in prevenient grace for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.
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The data showed no detrimental effects on isokinetic leg strength after 7 days of CRD (less than 30 g of carbohydrate) or CONV (approximately 47% of total energy intake prevenient from carbohydrate).
Recall too that Journet was no liberal; he acknowledged the important difference between prevenient and habitual graces.
Eighteen adrenal glands (right n=9 and left n=9) were used from nine healthy SYT cavies (five no pregnant females and four males) adults (from 6 to 12 months old), prevenient of the Center for Wild Animals Multiplication at Federal Rural University of the Semi-Arid, in the Mossoro RN Brazil.
58) after he tells him he sees an angel hovering over Faustus prepared to infuse him with prevenient grace if he repents (5.
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.
14) Hunt, "Reformantion/Counter-Reformation," 382, substantially diminishes the tragic dimensions of this scene by claiming that Macbeth's inability to say "Amen" is "a clear indicator of the absence of prevenient grace, an essential condition of the reprobate.
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.