From Latin nescientia, from the present participle of nescire.
nescience (countable and uncountable, plural nesciences)
- The absence of knowledge; ignorance, especially of orthodox beliefs.
- 1911, Ralph Barton Perry, "Notes on the Philosophy of Henri Bergson," The Journal of Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Methods, vol. 8, no. 26, p. 720,
- To lapse from knowledge into nescience is always possible—there is no law of God or man forbidding it.
- (philosophy) The doctrine that nothing is actually knowable.
- 1895, J. G. Schurman, "Agnosticism," The Philosophical Review, vol. 4, no. 3, p. 244,
- The theory of nescience is but the obverse of the fact of science.
- “nescience” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).