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 Indeed, the fact that AI and machine learning (ML) are our future seems to be a foregone conclusion. Bob O'donnell, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 Tears, yells, and standing ovations were probably a foregone conclusion, but the performers earned them anyway. Justin Davidson, Vulture, 8 Oct. 2021 Before the 1960s, lawmakers redrawing political boundaries was a foregone conclusion. Steven Lemongello,, 5 Oct. 2021 The move sent shock waves through the industry because approval of such licenses is usually a foregone conclusion. New York Times, 27 Sep. 2021 There will yet be blowout losses, but these Huskies showed, at least, that humiliation is not a foregone conclusion. Dom Amore,, 26 Sep. 2021 Note that the authorization is not a foregone conclusion. Katia Hetter, CNN, 21 Sep. 2021 Working to safeguard this fickle little grape, and by proxy her hometown and her heritage, was, for Markežiæ, a foregone conclusion. Adam Erace, Travel + Leisure, 4 Sep. 2021 But the longer-term treadmill opportunity is hardly a foregone conclusion. Laura Forman, WSJ, 15 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of foregone conclusion

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Oct 2021

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“Foregone conclusion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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

Kids Definition of foregone conclusion

: something felt to be sure to happen

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