fore·​thought·​ful ˈfȯr-ˌthȯt-fəl How to pronounce forethoughtful (audio)
: full of or having forethought
forethoughtfully adverb
forethoughtfulness noun

Example Sentences

doctors encouraging people to be forethoughtful and get their flu shots in advance of the flu season

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1810, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of forethoughtful was circa 1810

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Cite this Entry

“Forethoughtful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

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