Definition of forestall
- forestalling the wheat harvest and selling it at three times its cost
- —G. B. Shaw
- Negotiations failed to forestall the conflict.
- detailed explanations intended to forestall questions
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.
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First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
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to lessen the seriousness or strength of
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