[nesh-uh ns, nesh-ee-uh ns, nes-ee-] /ˈnɛʃ əns, ˈnɛʃ i əns, ˈnɛs i-/

lack of knowledge; ignorance.
a formal or literary word for ignorance

1620s, from Latin nescientem (nominative nesciens) “ignorant, unaware,” present participle of nescire “not to know, to be ignorant,” from ne “not” + scire “to know” (see science).

“ignorance,” 1610s, from Late Latin nescientia, from nesciens (see nescient).


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