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

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 Airline CEOs, including Qatar Airways’ Akbar Al Baker, have criticized Heathrow for a lack of foresight and for underestimating the strong return of travel demand. Christine Mui, Fortune, 26 July 2022 Important things could be falling through the cracks due to a lack of foresight! Chicago Tribune, 24 July 2022 As in, that is an insane amount of foresight, even for this guy. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 17 June 2022 Crucially, the senators had the foresight to future-proof their bill. Beth Gardiner, Scientific American, 15 July 2022 In times of need, however, they can be complimented for having foresight. David John Marotta, Forbes, 14 Mar. 2022 But neither Ford nor Firestone, names synonymous with the American auto industry, had the foresight to put a home on wheels and hit the road. Fox News, 18 June 2022 Everyone, except perhaps those who had the foresight to buy an electric car, is suffering the sting of historically high gas prices. Jim Gorzelany, Forbes, 13 June 2022 Even so, crypto’s burgeoning complications present challenging questions for any museum wanting to mint NFTs, said Elizabeth Merritt, vice president for strategic foresight at the American Alliance of Museums. Globe Staff,, 23 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of foresight

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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