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Precognition (from the Latin præ-, "prior to", + cognitio, "acquiring knowledge"), also called future sight, refers to perception that involves the acquisition of future information that cannot be deduced from presently available and normally acquired sense-based information The related terms, premonition (from the Latin praemonēre) and presentiment refer to information about future events that is perceived as emotions. The terms are usually used to denote a seemingly parapsychological or extrasensory process of perception, including clairvoyance. Various psychological processes, making no reference to psi, have also been offered to explain the phenomena.

The Oracle displays this quality, and it is a later absorbed by Smith; becoming his characteristic when he assimilates her in The Matrix Revolutions.

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