Adjective "prevenient" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Preceding in time or order; antecedent.
  1. 'To illustrate the extent of God's prevenient love, Paul points out how rarely one person is willing to die for another, even an exceptionally good person.'
  2. 'In doing so, they are reminded of God's prevenient grace.'
  3. 'Yet God's all-wise, necessary and patient method of working out this intention in time is through calling individual human beings one-by-one to himself through prevenient grace and election.'
  4. 'But Jesus proclaims the coming kingdom of God as prevenient grace to the poor and sinners.'



1. coming before; antecedent.

2. anticipatory.


Early 17th century: from Latin praevenient- ‘coming before’, from the verb praevenire, from prae ‘before’ + venire ‘come’.