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 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 Portfolio management requires discipline and the foresight to plan your decisions well in advance, regardless of which way the markets go. Ben Carlson, Fortune, "Bitcoin, Tesla, Ethereum: When should you take profits on your biggest investing winners?," 29 Apr. 2021 Her business acumen and foresight transformed that comfortable nest egg into true wealth. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "The evolution of Anchorage has been shaped by notable women; here are several examples.," 26 Apr. 2021 Researchers were able to finally delve into these longstanding questions thanks to the foresight of scientists who, in the aftermath of the disaster, put together cohorts of affected workers and residents who agreed to be studied over the long term. Sara Harrison, Wired, "35 Years Later, Studies Show a Silver Lining From Chernobyl," 26 Apr. 2021 Between 2019 and 2020, the amount of dollars transferred through NFT sales grew by 2,800% year-on-year, according to Nadya Ivanova, chief operating officer at foresight business L'Atelier BNP Paribas. Mark Hanrahan, ABC News, "NFT art boom: Are digital artworks worth the virtual paper they’re printed on?," 22 Apr. 2021 Linda Toupin for foresight and work to maintain the integrity of this historic property. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, "This 105-year-old colonial boasts both historic tearoom and 'I Love Lucy' retro vibes," 22 Apr. 2021 Identifying winners in the 2021 tournament involves next-level foresight. oregonlive, "NCAA Tournament picks: Predicting all 67 winners for your office pool, as COVID looms over brackets," 16 Mar. 2021 The designer also had the idea this season to eliminate waste by using excess leather scraps to create a line of equally covetable jewelry, possessing the kind of creative foresight all designers should have in today’s world. Monica Mendal, Forbes, "The ‘It’ Bag Of The Season Is Entirely Sustainable," 10 Mar. 2021 Amalia, gifted with foresight, has a shadowy past, a legendary right hook and a habit of ditching her walking dresses mid-brawl, because a long skirt can really spoil a roundhouse kick. New York Times, "Laura Donnelly’s Week: ‘Dora the Explorer’ and a Poetry Prescription," 6 Apr. 2021

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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 15 May. 2021.

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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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