foresight

noun

fore·​sight ˈfȯr-ˌsīt How to pronounce foresight (audio)
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
foresighted adjective
foresightedly adverb
foresightedness noun
foresightful adjective

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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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of foresight was in the 14th century

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“Foresight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/foresight. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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foresight

noun
fore·​sight ˈfō(ə)r-ˌsīt How to pronounce foresight (audio)
ˈfȯ(ə)r-
1
: the act or power of foreseeing
2
: care or preparation for the future
had the foresight to invest his money wisely
foresighted adjective
foresightedly adverb
foresightedness noun

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