foregone conclusion


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

Examples of foregone conclusion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Monday’s increases were widely expected and have long been characterized by activists as a foregone conclusion in favor of real estate estate interests. Téa Kvetenadze, New York Daily News, 18 June 2024 Calling this painting a masterpiece would be like putting a leash on a wolf, though by now de Kooning’s domestication is probably a foregone conclusion. Jackson Arn, The New Yorker, 13 June 2024 The campaign is expected to craft a messaging strategy that depicts the verdict as a foregone conclusion engineered by Democrats who fear Trump’s return to the White House and tailor fundraising pitches around his continued legal peril. Tessa Berenson Rogers, TIME, 30 May 2024 So, for the curious and ambitious Myers Park High School grad, college was always a foregone conclusion. Rebecca Noel, Charlotte Observer, 22 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for foregone conclusion 

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Word History

First Known Use

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of foregone conclusion was in 1604

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“Foregone conclusion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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