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

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The path may be bumpy, but the ultimate outcome appears to be a foregone conclusion: Lawmakers will likely agree to increase government spending again. Kristina Peterson, WSJ, "New White House, Congressional Spending Fights on the Horizon," 16 Feb. 2019 Automation is presented as a foregone conclusion in so many of the concepts on view; visitors might assume the same. Diana Budds, Curbed, "The future of urban mobility will be shaped by these six issues," 18 Dec. 2018 Miller’s confirmation is considered a foregone conclusion, with numerous senators expressing admiration for his service during the hearing. Dan Lamothe, Washington Post, "Trump’s pick to lead the Afghan war says he won’t talk turning points ‘unless there is one’," 19 June 2018 That being said, making the World Series is never a foregone conclusion in a sport in which even the best teams aren’t much more than a 65-percent favorite in a seven-game series. Nicholas Talbot, San Antonio Express-News, "Writers’ Roundtable: who wins the NBA Finals and will LeBron James stay if the Cavs lose?," 1 June 2018 Races where the results are a foregone conclusion just aren’t as exciting for the fans to watch, and previously diverse pools of competitors soon evaporate. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "From efficiency to airflow, it’s a golden age for racing tech in our driveways," 23 Nov. 2018 Magazine, Styling by George Cortina Skarsgård’s return to Big Little Lies was hardly a foregone conclusion. Alex Bhattacharji, WSJ, "Alexander Skarsgård in His Element," 6 Sep. 2018 While these provisions are horrific, this rule is not a foregone conclusion. Jess Davidson, Glamour, "Why Does the Department of Education Want to Put Sexual Assault Survivors on Trial?," 28 Nov. 2018 However, the early polling suggests that the November general election isn’t a foregone conclusion, no matter who wins in the Democratic primary. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo should be a shoe-in for reelection. But she’s not.," 11 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of foregone conclusion

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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foregone conclusion

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: something felt to be sure to happen

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