foregone conclusion


Definition of foregone conclusion

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

Examples of foregone conclusion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There is no such thing as a foregone conclusion in the wild world of college football, particularly this season in the world of COVID-19 where the unpredictable is predictable. Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY, "Heisman Watch: Alabama's Mac Jones gains ground on Clemson's Trevor Lawrence," 20 Oct. 2020 Despite Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh describing Biden’s Monday visit as a waste of time (since the result was a foregone conclusion), the campaign is apparently taking the toss-up prospects seriously. cleveland, "Ohio voters are casting early ballots at a record pace: Capitol Letter," 14 Oct. 2020 The governor's thing was sort of a foregone conclusion if Toomey wants it. Marc Levy, Star Tribune, "Toomey won't run for Senate again, or governor, source says," 4 Oct. 2020 The governor’s thing was sort of a foregone conclusion if Toomey wants it. Marc Levy,, "Pennsylvania Sen. Toomey won’t run for reelection, source says," 4 Oct. 2020 According to Evans, his return was never a foregone conclusion. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football's Chris Evans worked 3 jobs during his year away from the team," 11 Sep. 2020 Lane knows that’s anything but a foregone conclusion. Ted Dunnam, Houston Chronicle, "Football: Clear Creek High fueled by talent at skill positions," 8 Sep. 2020 But, again, this is only a tendency, not a foregone conclusion. Eric Weiner, The Atlantic, "Uncertainty Can Hold Unexpected Pleasures," 25 Aug. 2020 Candidates didn’t attend those early conventions, as it was considered immodest to take part in rallying delegates to their side, and nominations were rarely a foregone conclusion. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "How political conventions went from provocative to predictable," 17 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of foregone conclusion

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Foregone conclusion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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foregone conclusion

fore·​gone conclusion | \ ˈfȯr-ˌgȯn- \

Kids Definition of foregone conclusion

: something felt to be sure to happen

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