forethought

noun
fore·​thought | \ ˈfȯr-ˌthȯt How to pronounce forethought (audio) \

Definition of forethought

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

forethought

adjective

Definition of forethought (Entry 2 of 2)

archaic

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Examples of forethought in a Sentence

Noun

Her decision showed a lack of forethought. With a little forethought, you can save yourself a lot of work later on.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Muhammad bin Salman, the crown prince, announced it with fanfare (and scant forethought) in 2016, hoping for a $2trn valuation that would dwarf any other public company on the planet. The Economist, "The world’s biggest potential IPO may be on again," 6 July 2019 If the incidents were indeed linked, as the government claims, that would imply some degree of forethought by the plotters and point to the possibility of a wider conspiracy. The Economist, "Killings and claims of an attempted coup rock Ethiopia," 25 June 2019 Avoid starting any significant endeavors without careful forethought. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive.com, "Horoscope for June 25, 2019: Pisces, your past has given you wisdom and grit; Aquarius, march to your own beat," 25 June 2019 There aren't any relays involved in GNSS, but the same complete lack of forethought about security and bad actors is baked right into the protocol. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Claims of Tesla hack wide of the mark—we dig into GNSS hacking," 22 June 2019 Not all of these pregnancies are due to a lack of forethought, though. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Epilepsy drugs linked to higher risk of birth defects, study says," 12 June 2019 Though stars such as Kim Kardashian West and Victoria Beckham have made wearing one color from head to toe seem like an effortless decision, each look involves a great deal of forethought. Vogue, "Selena Gomez Kicks Off Cannes With a Luxurious Airport Look," 13 May 2019 Again, this just required a bit of forethought and planning. Nazima Qureshi, SELF, "I'm a Registered Dietitian and Here's What I Learned Going Vegan for a Week," 25 Nov. 2018 This could not have occurred in the absence of significant levels of forethought and organization. Jon Emont, WSJ, "U.N. Calls for Genocide Charges Against Leaders of Myanmar’s Military," 18 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of forethought

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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forethought

noun

English Language Learners Definition of forethought

: careful thinking or planning about the future

forethought

noun
fore·​thought | \ ˈfōr-ˌthȯt How to pronounce forethought (audio) \

Kids Definition of forethought

: careful thinking or planning for the future

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