This word (meaning "knowledge in advance") implies that God is able to know everything, past, present, and future.
   See omniscience.

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  • Foreknowledge — Fore*knowl edge, n. Knowledge of a thing before it happens, or of whatever is to happen; prescience. [1913 Webster] If I foreknew, Foreknowledge had no influence on their fault. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • foreknowledge — index expectation, precognition, prognosis Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • foreknowledge — (n.) 1530s, from FORE (Cf. fore ) + KNOWLEDGE (Cf. knowledge). Cf. foreknow to know beforehand (late 14c.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • foreknowledge — ► NOUN ▪ awareness of something before it happens or exists …   English terms dictionary

  • foreknowledge — [fôr′näl΄ij, fôr näl′ij] n. knowledge of something before it happens or exists; prescience …   English World dictionary

  • foreknowledge — Paul refers to four stages in God s plan of salvation (Rom. 8:29). First, God had foreknowledge of all the future and so chose the ‘elect’ (cf. Acts 4:28); then he ‘called’, when those chosen became aware of it; then they were ‘justified’ by… …   Dictionary of the Bible

  • foreknowledge — [[t]fɔː(r)nɒ̱lɪʤ[/t]] N UNCOUNT: oft N of n If you have foreknowledge of an event or situation, you have some knowledge of it before it actually happens. She has maintained that the General had foreknowledge of the plot …   English dictionary

  • foreknowledge — /fawr nol ij, fohr , fawr nol ij, fohr /, n. knowledge of something before it exists or happens; prescience: Did you have any foreknowledge of the scheme? [1525 35; FORE + KNOWLEDGE] Syn. presentiment, premonition; foresightedness. * * * …   Universalium

  • foreknowledge — The ability to predict events before they occur. Traditionally God s foreknowledge, apparently guaranteed by his omniscience, raises severe problems both about the fixedness of the future, and about whether it can co exist with our free will …   Philosophy dictionary

  • foreknowledge — noun (U) formal knowledge that something is going to happen before it actually does (+ of): The senator denied having any foreknowledge of the affair …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • foreknowledge and freedom, problem of —    Either I ll stay in tomorrow or I ll go out tomorrow. Suppose that I shall stay in tomorrow. Then God, who has perfect knowledge, surely knows now that I shall stay in tomorrow. But then how can I be free to go out tomorrow, since if I were to …   Christian Philosophy

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