fore·​gone | \ˈfȯr-ˌgȯn also -ˌgän \

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But after them, perhaps thanks to Lee’s erudition, her diplomacy with competing cultural factions, and her powers of persuasion, the votes are more or less foregone. Virginia Heffernan, WIRED, "The Delicate Art of Creating New Emoji," 28 June 2018 But the full costs of his policies - in investments foregone and workers not hired - escape casual scrutiny. David J. Lynch,, "The hidden costs of 'America First' tariffs," 7 June 2018 His point was that when a long-term homeowner older than 55 sells a home, the huge tax increase on that home would more than offset the foregone tax increase on the home the senior is purchasing. Kathleen Pender, San Francisco Chronicle, "Here’s what readers had to say about that property tax initiative," 7 Apr. 2018 Overall, the city accounted in the current fiscal year for about $3.4 billion in foregone property taxes related to residential housing programs, much of it unrelated to Mr. de Blasio’s plan. J. David Goodman, New York Times, "De Blasio Bolsters Affordable Housing, but at What Price?," 4 Mar. 2018 City officials often use tax abatements and other foregone tax revenue to induce developers to create or preserve affordable housing units. J. David Goodman, New York Times, "De Blasio Bolsters Affordable Housing, but at What Price?," 4 Mar. 2018 Politicians whose reelections seemed foregone, and largely uncontested, conclusions in previous cycles are now having to argue their case. Yvonne Abraham,, "Phone call from Galvin adds heat to a primary race," 8 Mar. 2018 The law says in part: Feminine hygiene products are a health care necessity and not an item that can be foregone or substituted easily. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Free tampons for girls, an end to ‘meal shaming’ — and more in new state laws affecting schools," 6 Jan. 2018 District wins haven't been foregone this season for Clear Springs, as evidenced by the Lady Chargers' 62-58 triumph over Clear Brook this past Friday. Ted Dunnam, Houston Chronicle, "Girls' basketball: Clear Springs' Dymond Gladney is quite the gem," 13 Jan. 2018

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1575, in the meaning defined above

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