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forethought

noun fore·thought \ ˈfȯr-ˌthȯt \

Definition of forethought

1 :a thinking or planning out in advance :premeditation
2 :consideration for the future

Examples of forethought in a Sentence

  1. Her decision showed a lack of forethought.

  2. With a little forethought, you can save yourself a lot of work later on.

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First Known Use of forethought

14th century


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forethought

adjective

Definition of forethought

archaic

First Known Use of forethought

15th century


FORETHOUGHT Defined for English Language Learners

forethought

noun

Definition of forethought for English Language Learners

  • : careful thinking or planning about the future


FORETHOUGHT Defined for Kids

forethought

noun fore·thought \ ˈfōr-ˌthȯt \

Definition of forethought for Students

:careful thinking or planning for the future


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