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

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 Mr Padgham’s foresight was not enough to keep out the virus. The Economist, "An unfortunate case study The British state shows how not to respond to a pandemic," 20 June 2020 Reddit’s management has also launched products with little seeming foresight about the potential for abuse. Eric Newcomer, Fortune, "Racism is rampant on Reddit, and its editors are in open revolt," 20 June 2020 The Bucks also had the good fortune and foresight to draft Giannis Antetokounmpo one year later, setting the stage for the Bucks to re-emerge as an NBA power. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "50 in 50: Here are moments Nos. 71 to 80 among the greatest in Wisconsin sports over the past 50 years," 3 June 2020 Gustavus residents are relieved for his foresight, but Parker said keeping the shelves and refrigerators full at the town's only market is a group effort. Cathy Free, Anchorage Daily News, "Welcome to 'ToshCo’: Gustavus man travels 14 hours by boat each week to fetch food and supplies for his neighbors," 20 May 2020 Keep your cash in your pocket and make no changes to your business activities until late July, when your foresight is at a peak. oregonlive, "Horoscope for May 10, 2020: Virgo, avoid major purchases; Scorpio, accept changes with grace," 10 May 2020 It was learned that three hundred years ago the Japanese government began to conserve its forests; and that, as a result of its foresight, Japan is now selling ties to railroads in this country and Mexico. Scientific American, "U.S. Pays Steep Import Duty on...Railroad Ties?," 29 Apr. 2020 Ultimately, says West, governments will be judged by their level of foresight in dealing with the coronavirus. Billy Perrigo, Time, "'Not Listening to the Science.' Experts Criticize the British Government's Plan to Ease Coronavirus Lockdown," 12 May 2020 No amount of foresight could have prepared the industry for the pandemic. Niraj Chokshi, New York Times, "The Airline Business Is Terrible. It Will Probably Get Even Worse.," 10 May 2020

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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 4 Jul. 2020.

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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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