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Definition of forethought

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



Definition of forethought (Entry 2 of 2)


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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 All those things require forethought, planning, and most importantly, money and political will. Randy Dotinga, The Christian Science Monitor, "Hurricanes sweep through American history: A Q&A with author Eric Jay Dolin," 8 Sep. 2020 That is intentional, and requires repetition and forethought that repeatedly disregards another human’s intense pain. Jennifer Wright,, "Aaron Coleman Is Proof That Cancel Culture Is A Myth," 28 Aug. 2020 Football’s failures have shown college sports the need for forethought and advance planning on both a micro and macro level. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, "Will there be March Madness? NCAA must adjust to ensure 2020-21 basketball season," 20 Aug. 2020 Without the forethought and leadership of them and the CVB board, the budget process this year might have been much more difficult. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Villager Q&A: Woodlands directors Rieser, Milner discuss 2021 budget," 13 Aug. 2020 Converting to working remote requires quite a bit of forethought as to how to design meaningful tasks and how to supervise them in a productive way. Michael Braga, USA TODAY, "Summer internship canceled? Not at these companies embracing virtual versions," 3 May 2020 That kind of forethought by specialists is important, White has argued, so that doctors facing a pandemic don't have to struggle with such dire ethical questions case by case. CNN, "As coronavirus cases grow, hospitals adopt a system to rank patients for treatment," 3 Apr. 2020 The ceremony didn't come together overnight, but with some forethought over a couple of weeks. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Their Mexico wedding was canceled, so Macomb County couple used Zoom instead," 1 May 2020 You may be attracted to risky financial schemes and could act without forethought. oregonlive, "Horoscope for April 6, 2020: Taurus, act independently; Scorpio, don’t mix friends and business," 6 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of forethought


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Forethought.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of forethought

: careful thinking or planning about the future


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

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: careful thinking or planning for the future

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