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NESCIENT

 Dictionary entry overview: What does nescient mean? 

NESCIENT (adjective)
  The adjective NESCIENT has 2 senses:

1. holding that only material phenomena can be known and knowledge of spiritual matters or ultimate causes is impossible
2. uneducated in general; lacking knowledge or sophistication

  Familiarity information: NESCIENT used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


NESCIENT (adjective)


Sense 1nescient [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Holding that only material phenomena can be known and knowledge of spiritual matters or ultimate causes is impossible

Synonyms:

nescient; unbelieving

Similar:

agnostic; agnostical (uncertain of all claims to knowledge)


Sense 2nescient [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Uneducated in general; lacking knowledge or sophistication

Synonyms:

ignorant; nescient; unlettered; unenlightened; unlearned

Context examples:

an ignorant man / nescient of contemporary literature / an unlearned group incapable of understanding complex issues / exhibiting contempt for his unlettered companions

Similar:

uneducated (not having a good education)


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