foregone conclusion


: a conclusion that has preceded argument or examination
: an inevitable result : certainty
the victory was a foregone conclusion

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web With that level of streaming success, a second season was a foregone conclusion—even if review scores fell a little short of both those shows. Erik Kain, Forbes, 6 Jan. 2023 For some of the challengers for Chicago mayor, the departure of the Bears is a foregone conclusion. Alice Yin, Chicago Tribune, 16 Jan. 2023 But future warming is not a foregone conclusion, Schmidt said. Corinne Purtillstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 12 Jan. 2023 Stiegelmeier recently recalled how a former player once asked him why the Jacks even got on the bus for games at NDSU when, to the player, losing was a foregone conclusion. Eric Olson, Dallas News, 5 Jan. 2023 The result of the vote was not a foregone conclusion, however. Alanna Mitchell, New York Times, 14 Nov. 2022 But in 2022, despite relatively strong initial ratings, its success is no foregone conclusion. Time, 19 Sep. 2022 Um, Kramer says increases are not a foregone conclusion. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 28 Nov. 2022 And without the California resident’s intervention, Utah candidates — who typically receive little outside financial attention as races in the crimson red state are often seen as a foregone conclusion — would be out hundreds of thousands of dollars. Emily Anderson Stern, The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of foregone conclusion was in 1604

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“Foregone conclusion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

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