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prescient
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
knowing (or at least expecting) what will happen before it happens
  • It is a thing not uncommonly happening to the whale-boats in those swarming seas; the sharks at times apparently following them in the same prescient way that vultures hover over the banners of marching regiments in the east.
    Chapters 133-135 -- The Chase--First Day; The Chase--Second Day; The Chase--Third Day (73% in)
  • For such is the wonderful skill, prescience of experience, and invincible confidence acquired by some great natural geniuses among the Nantucket commanders; that from the simple observation of a whale when last descried, they will, under certain given circumstances, pretty accurately foretell both the direction in which he will continue to swim for a time, while out of sight, as well as his probable rate of progression during that period.
    Chapters 133-135 -- The Chase--First Day; The Chase--Second Day; The Chase--Third Day (33% in)

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