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Sep 29, 2006
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Miscellaneous words

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prelapsarian
senectitude
diacritical
theriac
prevenient

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prevenient

(pri-VEEN-yuhnt) Pronunciation Sound Clip RealAudio

adjective: Coming before; anticipatory; preventive.

From Latin praevenient-, present participle of praevenire (to precede), from pre- (before) + venire (to come).

"Frank Stella's big, shield-like 'Luis Miguel Dominguin' a silver-painted shaped canvas was acquired in 1961, a prevenient time indeed to buy Stella."
Grace Glueck; A Collection That Breathes the Spirit of Modernism; The New York Times; Apr 8, 1984.

See more usage examples of prevenient in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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