Simple Definition of forestall
: to stop (something) from happening or to cause (something) to happen at a later time
: to act before (someone else) in order to prevent something
Full Definition of forestall
Examples of forestall
Negotiations failed to forestall the conflict.
His comments were meant to forestall criticism of his proposal.
He forestalled critics by offering a defense of the project.
Origin of forestall
Middle English, from forstall act of waylaying, from Old English foresteall, from fore- + steall position, stall
First Known Use: before 12th century
Synonym Discussion of forestall
Rhymes with forestall
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