forethought

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noun

fore·​thought ˈfȯr-ˌthȯt How to pronounce forethought (audio)
1
: a thinking or planning out in advance : premeditation
2
: consideration for the future

forethought

2 of 2

adjective

archaic

Example Sentences

Noun Her decision showed a lack of forethought. With a little forethought, you can save yourself a lot of work later on.
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Noun
CTOs are expanding their roles to build bridges between IT and different lines of business and ensuring that technology is a significant forethought to every initiative within their organization. Michael Jackowski, Forbes, 2 Aug. 2022 The forethought to create a nimble, adaptable structure has led to unprecedented success for the ingredient brand, which supplied insoles to more than 550 million pairs of shoes in 2021. Amelia Arvesen, Outside Online, 11 Feb. 2022 This sale was not an accident but came from lots of forethought, strategic planning and a willingness to experiment and adapt. Lacey Sites, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 If the college sports chaos continues without forethought or collaboration, some school and/or conference is going to learn that lesson the hard way. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 5 July 2022 According to Emily Rales, architects often plow straight into form-making and floor plans without much forethought. Scott Frances, WSJ, 23 Apr. 2022 The problem is there appeared to be little forethought for such an eventuality, with an entire, 82-game schedule put forward at the outset. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, 18 Dec. 2021 The historical record demonstrates that the BSA was enacted without careful study or forethought. Norbert Michel, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 For one thing, that would require more forethought and coordination than the mainstream media is capable of. Washington Post, 10 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of forethought was in the 14th century

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“Forethought.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forethought. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

forethought

noun

fore·​thought
ˈfō(ə)r-ˌthȯt,
ˈfȯ(ə)r-
: thought or care taken in advance
forethoughtful
-fəl
adjective

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