fore·​sight | \ˈfȯr-ˌsīt \

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 \ adjective
foresightedly adverb
foresightedness noun
foresightful \ˈfȯr-​ˌsīt-​fəl \ adjective

Synonyms for foresight


foreknowledge, prescience

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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.

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There’s one place, though, that—through a combination of luck, foresight, and smart planning and execution—barely went away to begin with. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "St. Barth’s Is Back—Here’s Where to Go," 30 Nov. 2018 For it cannot be presumed that the same degree of sound policy, prudence, and foresight would uniformly be observed by each of these confederacies for a long succession of years. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Fox News Power Rankings: Hello, Wisconsin," 12 July 2018 For one, there’s a lot of people packed into a small space, and the convention had enough foresight to prohibit scooters in a small perimeter around the convention center itself. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "The secret weapon of San Diego Comic-Con: scooters," 26 July 2018 Many fans and media—as well as 76ers star Joel Embiid—have attributed the 76ers success over the last two seasons more to Hinkie’s foresight and vision than to Colangelo’s decisions. Michael Mccann,, "The Potential Legal Consequences of Bryan Colangelo's Twitter Controversy," 30 May 2018 And wasting all that plastic, adding unnecessary weight to my environmental footprint on this planet, from lack of foresight, not good intentions. National Geographic, "Danes Use Far Fewer Plastic Bags Than Americans—Here's How," 21 May 2018 Mainstream museums have much to learn from the foresight and sophistication of these and other culturally, ethnically and racially specific museums, many of which began to emerge as long as 50 years ago. Smithsonian, "Are Museums the Right Home for Confederate Monuments?," 7 May 2018 With that in mind, a look at the contenders: Houston: Setting aside any notion of foresight, the Rockets traded for Chris Paul last summer with hopes for immediate reward. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "Who will challenge the Warriors next season? Let the LeBron free agency watch begin," 9 June 2018 Dubai struck oil in 1969, but today oil accounts for less than 1% of its GDP -- the result of remarkable economic foresight. Afshin Molavi, CNN, "Is Dubai a model for economic diversification in the Persian Gulf?," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of foresight

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

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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