Definition of forestall
1 : to prevent the normal trading in by buying or diverting goods or by persuading persons to raise prices forestalling the wheat harvest and selling it at three times its cost — G. B. Shaw
2 archaic : intercept
4 : to exclude, hinder, or prevent by prior occupation or measures Negotiations failed to forestall the conflict.
5 : to get ahead of : anticipate detailed explanations intended to forestall questions
forestallmentplay \fȯr-ˈstȯl-mənt\ noun
Examples of forestall in a Sentence
Negotiations failed to forestall the conflict.
His comments were meant to forestall criticism of his proposal.
He forestalled critics by offering a defense of the project.
Recent Examples of forestall from the Web
Whether heftier incentives will be able to keep the market moving and forestall further job cuts is far from certain.
Signing the waiver this week would forestall any move for another six months.
Her theories about how an institution can and should adapt will forestall concerns about a top-down approach.
Identical structures were built for black and white students in a futile attempt to forestall integration.
A settlement with the people who had strung up the chain helped forestall financial ruin.
This meeting is more about forestalling an oil price collapse than driving prices higher.
America Online has forestalled a court battle by agreeing to make its client software more accessible to the vision impaired.
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Origin and Etymology of forestall
Middle English, from forstall act of waylaying, from Old English foresteall, from fore- + steall position, stall
First Known Use: before 12th century
Synonym Discussion of forestall
FORESTALL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of forestall for English Language Learners
: to stop (something) from happening or to cause (something) to happen at a later time
: to act before (someone else) in order to prevent something
FORESTALL Defined for Kids
Definition of forestall for Students
: to keep out, interfere with, or prevent by steps taken in advance forestalling problems
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