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prospicient (pros-PISH-uhnt)

adjective: Having foresight.

[From Latin prospiciens, from prospicere (to look forward), from pro- (forward) + spicere, from specere (to look). Ultimately from Indo-European root spek- (to observe) which is also the ancestor of such words as suspect, spectrum, bishop (literally, overseer), espionage, despise, telescope, and spectacles.]

"The answer is that an expectant or prospicient idea moves and guides the ensuing action, being a part-cause of that action."
John Laird; Teleology; 1939.

After I finish reading a bedtime story to my daughter, I sometimes ask her, "So, what do you think of the book?" More often than not, the answer is a simple, "Good."

I tell her that the word "good" is banned. The book could be funny, boring, interesting, scary, lovely, awful, awesome, delightful, ... or a combination of terms. Anything but good. It's time to give the tired "good", and "bad", a well-deserved rest.

I think the same applies for people. People are rarely just good or bad. This week's words show five words to describe them.


The fingers of your thoughts are molding your face ceaselessly. -Charles Reznikoff, poet (1894-1976)

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