foresight

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

Synonyms for foresight

Synonyms

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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The saga shows a lack of foresight among some European regulators that would rather short sellers just go away. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "Hedge Funds Score Win Against Regulatory Threats," 24 May 2019 The lack of foresight about conditions on the ground is much worse than an inconvenience. Popular Mechanics, "The Squishy Robots That Could Save the World," 13 May 2019 That foresight also applies to evaluating his NBA circumstances and situation. Christopher L. Gasper, BostonGlobe.com, "Celtics making path to NBA Finals a mission possible," 16 May 2018 Few homeowners show the foresight of Messrs. Weldon and Newman. Sara Bliss, WSJ, "Renovation Strategies to Live at Home—Stylishly—Into Your 80s," 23 Aug. 2018 Borschberg had been nervous not to jinx the final leg of the mission, and his fear would later be considered foresight. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Despite Last-Minute Danger, Solar Plane Completes Trip Across USA," 7 July 2013 Fantasy owners with the foresight to draft Mahomes before the season are likely already dreaming about championships. Michael Salfino, WSJ, "Pat Mahomes, Todd Gurley Are Awesome in Real Life—and Fantasy," 12 Nov. 2018 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

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First Known Use of foresight

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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foresight

noun

English Language Learners Definition of foresight

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

foresight

noun
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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