fore·​sight | \ ˈfȯr-ˌsīt How to pronounce foresight (audio) \

Definition of foresight

1 : an act or the power of foreseeing : prescience Through foresight she could tell what the outcome would be.
2 : provident care : prudence had the foresight to invest his money wisely
3 : an act of looking forward also : a view forward

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Other Words from foresight

foresighted \ ˈfȯr-​ˌsī-​təd How to pronounce foresight (audio) \ adjective
foresightedly adverb
foresightedness noun
foresightful \ ˈfȯr-​ˌsīt-​fəl How to pronounce foresight (audio) \ adjective

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Examples of foresight in a Sentence

They had the foresight to invest the money wisely. His career choice shows a lack of foresight.
Recent Examples on the Web The issue with the Celtics in recent years is their lack of foresight in filling their front office with fresh and diverse voices., 11 June 2021 Creating additional land required great foresight by the local government, as the city saw its population grow from just over 2 million in 1950 to nearly 8 million today. Philip Heller, Forbes, 26 May 2021 Brian Edwards, who led the SVU through several policy reforms in recent years, said police didn’t have Breitenecker’s foresight in the 1970s and 1980s. Isabel Seliger, ProPublica, 24 May 2021 Yet just as researchers are gaining foresight into these rhythmic cataclysms, human activity is undermining it. Fred Pearce, Science | AAAS, 13 May 2021 At the beginning of his career, Mr. Price had the foresight to retain ownership of the copyrights and future royalties of his music. Washington Post, 8 May 2021 Among the benefits of chess are critical thinking, gaining foresight, creativity, concentration, and brain function. Minnah Arshad, Detroit Free Press, 28 Apr. 2021 Its products have not only been the backbone of electronics and hardware technologies, but the company also used its foresight to create a line of electronic devices and tools for many generations to enjoy. Alyssa Fernandez, Dallas News, 8 Apr. 2021 Your foresight will result in the best quality and safety of your dish. Ashley Christensen, Bon Appétit, 5 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of foresight

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Foresight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of foresight

: the ability to see what will or might happen in the future


fore·​sight | \ ˈfȯr-ˌsīt How to pronounce foresight (audio) \

Kids Definition of foresight

1 : the ability to see what will or might happen in the future
2 : care for the future : prudence She had the foresight to save for college.


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