AskDefine | Define nescient

Dictionary Definition

nescient adj
1 holding that only material phenomena can be known and knowledge of spiritual matters or ultimate causes is impossible [syn: unbelieving]
2 lacking general education or knowledge; "an ignorant man"; "nescient of contemporary literature"; "an unlearned group incapable of understanding complex issues"; "exhibiting contempt for his unlettered companions" [syn: ignorant, unenlightened, unlearned, unlettered]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. an ignorant person
  2. an unbeliever


  1. ignorant, unlearned
  2. unbelieving

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Extensive Definition

Ignorance is the condition of being uninformed or uneducated, lacking knowledge or information. It may also refer to:
nescient in Japanese: 無知
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