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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USA TODAY Sports So much for the prospect of LeBron James going to the Lakers being a foregone conclusion. Sam Amick, USA TODAY, "76ers, Lakers and incumbent Cavs still chasing LeBron James as free agency opens up," 1 July 2018 What was once considered a foregone conclusion—that the L.A. native would return home at first opportunity—leveled into a more balanced discussion. Rob Mahoney,, "Grades: Thunder Retain Paul George Through Team and Culture," 1 July 2018 In other words, that Democrats would probably flip this New Jersey district was a foregone conclusion on both sides months before Republicans pulled their endorsement of Grossman. Amber Phillips, Washington Post, "House Republicans’ unhelpful stumble with Seth Grossman in New Jersey," 10 July 2018 The court’s decision in the case of Janus vs. AFSCME seemed a foregone conclusion, following a few near-misses in recent years. Michael Hiltzik,, "With Janus ruling, Supreme Court seals a 40-year campaign to eviscerate worker rights," 27 June 2018 With the outcome a foregone conclusion, all eyes were on turnout and the government and its supporters launched a full-throttle push to get people to the ballot box, with some voters saying they were offered freebies and incentives to participate., "Egypt’s El-Sisi Bags Election Win Against ‘Mousa Something’," 30 Mar. 2018 The train tracks that carry us, over the course of the film’s nine hours, in the direction of Auschwitz, are also leading us through time, to a foregone conclusion (death) that most of us, in daily life, choose to forget. Leslie Camhi, Vogue, "Remembering Claude Lanzmann," 7 July 2018 Having grown up with volleyball since age 8 and competed on St. James’ championship team in 2013, a positive collegiate volleyball experience always seemed a foregone conclusion. Shaun Goodwin, kansascity, "This St. James grad is doing it all at Stanford, and setting an example for KC girls, too," 14 June 2018 Bork became a political liability and by the time his nomination came to a vote, his rejection was seen as a foregone conclusion. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "5 Reasons Why Supreme Court Nominations Have Failed," 10 July 2018

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1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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