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 The work involves foresight, sacrificed lunches, long nights, a working knowledge of legal procedures and an ability to read rapidly. Katie Van Syckle, New York Times, "Legal Savvy. Few Lunch Breaks. How Reporters Cover a Trial.," 11 Feb. 2020 Which puts their decision to punt on Castellanos under the microscope, illuminating the foresight (or lack thereof) in decision-making. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers once had the bat they need. Now he belongs to the Reds," 29 Jan. 2020 To prove homicide by insulin, Marks said investigators need foresight to collect the right evidence and perform the right tests in a timely manner. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, "Nurses who kill: Medical murderers and the mystery of the Clarksburg VA hospital in West Virginia," 18 Oct. 2019 California’s foresight has helped set the nation’s clean energy standards for decades. Mercury News & East Bay Times Editorial Boards, The Mercury News, "Editorial: How Californians can help win auto emissions fight," 22 Sep. 2019 On a more global level, the Harden trade is basketball's reminder that for every perfect storm of luck and foresight that ends with a dynasty, there are stories of the inverse that will drive us crazy until end of time. Andrew Sharp,, "The Biggest NBA Stories of the Decade," 19 Sep. 2019 The story of the transformation of the Summerland Peninsula from a coastal suburb into a wildlife habitat and world-class tourist spot is one of unusual government foresight. Besha Rodell, New York Times, "To Save Tiny Penguins, This Suburb Was Wiped Off the Map," 9 Aug. 2019 His rising profile is a reflection of Trump’s uncannily successful courting of white evangelicals—and also of Brody’s own foresight. Ruth Graham, Slate Magazine, "David Brody, chief political correspondent for the Christian Broadcasting Network, guessed early on that white evangelicals would go for Trump.," 4 Jan. 2018 Computer chips will consume almost no energy Gordon Moore was famous for his foresight about the development of cheaper and more advanced computers. Mark Milian, Houston Chronicle, "Flying cars, hyperloops and the other 2020 tech predictions that didn’t pan out," 3 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of foresight

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Cite this Entry

“Foresight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 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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