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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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 Seeing him invites uneasiness, a hint that the game's result is a foregone conclusion. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros held scoreless in loss to A's," 10 July 2018 The success of the summit wasn't a foregone conclusion. Eric Talmadge, Fox News, "AP Analysis: Kim Jong Un flies home with lots to brag about," 13 June 2018 The Jayhawks’ latest title was not a foregone conclusion. Chris Johnson,, "Year-End Awards: The Best and Worst of the 2017–18 College Basketball Season," 10 Apr. 2018 Houston’s James Harden winning MVP was a foregone conclusion. Sam Amick, USA TODAY, "What the NBA Awards show taught us about LeBron James' free agent future," 26 June 2018

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1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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foregone conclusion

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Kids Definition of foregone conclusion

: something felt to be sure to happen

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