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


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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But O'Toole says that most people who have mental health issues are nonviolent, and further, that mass shootings require the planning and foresight. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Former FBI profiler contradicts Trump on role of mental health in mass shootings," 9 Aug. 2019 His organizational abilities, his foresight, his ability to plan ahead of time and make judicious and wise decisions is off the charts. Tom Orsborn,, "Report: Spurs set to alter Buford’s role," 20 July 2019 Four Mile Historic Park wouldn’t be the same without their foresight and dedication. Joanne Davidson, The Denver Post, "Seen: Charlie and Karin Woolley honored at Rendezvous Gala," 3 July 2019 Filippi, who hasbeen working on electric cars since 2007, says the endurance ofFormula E comes down to a mix of foresight and conviction. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Formula E Racing Is Shaping the Future of Electric Cars," 16 July 2019 The biggest impact is made with the most foresight (not the most disruption) An integral component of disruption is the capacity to broaden the realm of what is possible. Richard Bailey, Quartz at Work, "Disruption fatigue demands a new approach to being disruptive," 11 July 2019 The community would not be here without (George Mitchell’s) foresight and business savvy. Jane Stueckemann, Houston Chronicle, "Segment of I-45 to be named George P. Mitchell Memorial Highway," 18 July 2019 This summer’s roundtable will be an excellent forum to discover better ways to bring foresight and patience into American companies. The Christian Science Monitor, "Enjoying more than just the game," 7 June 2019 For years, the opportunity to salute Pat inexorably and with total foresight slipped away. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Electoral College votes continue to be a hot topic; Brawl at youth baseball game embarrassing; more responses (6/23/19)," 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of foresight

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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concealment of treason or felony

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