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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Prescind \Pre*scind"\ (pr[-e]*s[i^]nd"), v. t. [L. praescindere to cut off in front; prae before + scindere to cut asunder: cf. F. prescinder.] [1913 Webster] 1. To cut off; to abstract. [Obs.] --Norris. [1913 Webster] 2. (Metaph.) To consider by a separate act of attention or analysis. --Sir W. Hamilton. [1913 Webster]