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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Why would more urban highways and lanes of traffic—especially at a time when many cities are actively removing or capping their highways—be a foregone conclusion in any effort to mitigate Houston’s serious congestion problem? Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Houston’s $7 billion solution to gridlock is more highways," 5 Aug. 2019 Lazio manager Simone Inzaghi has recently been in talks with the forward to convince him to stay put at the Serie A club and Il Messaggero are now reporting that the Ecuadorian's departure from Rome is no longer a foregone conclusion., "Transfer Rumours: Kean to Everton, Atletico Madrid Contact Olmo, Leicester Eye Up Praet & More," 10 July 2019 The term – life plus 30 years – was a foregone conclusion. Claudia Torrens, Twin Cities, "Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman sentenced to life in prison," 17 July 2019 The term - life plus 30 years - was a foregone conclusion. Washington Post, "Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman sentenced to life in prison," 17 July 2019 But while the leadership contest appears to be a foregone conclusion, its final weeks have been bruising for Johnson. Billy Perrigo, Time, "On the Cusp of Power, Boris Johnson's Inflammatory Language on Islam Returns to Haunt Him," 16 July 2019 In recent months, a third fight between two of boxing’s biggest stars appeared to be a foregone conclusion. Chris Mannix,, "Sources: Canelo-GGG Negotiations Hit Road Block for Third Fight," 20 June 2019 The belief is that upon reaching a certain age (usually around 65), retirement should be an expectation — a foregone conclusion. Steve Booren, The Denver Post, "Improving investor behavior: Retire to what?," 16 June 2019 Some of those departures were practically foregone conclusion with Jonah Williams and defensive tackle Quinnen Williams regarded as likely high first-round picks. John Zenor, The Seattle Times, "Nick Saban reloading defense with youthful Alabama team," 13 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of foregone conclusion

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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