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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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After all, it is unlikely that the reader will make a judgment, culturally conditioned or not, if he cannot physically put his hands on an unmodified foreign book, meaning that he will invariably make judgments that conform to presupposed terms of isolated identity, preveniently abstracted by censored translation to render everything foreign a concrete threat to the great Russian dream.
the Pauline thesis [is] that I am integrated into the salvation history enacted preveniently outside me and before me.