fore·​warn·​ing | \ fȯr-ˈwȯr-niŋ How to pronounce forewarning (audio) \

Definition of forewarning

1 : a warning given in advance
2 : the state of being warned in advance

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heeded the forewarning to stay off the ice until the town had checked to see if it was thick enough
Recent Examples on the Web But with no forewarning, residents around Paris — along with fans and players inside Roland Garros — expressed their fears of an explosion on social networks. Jerome Pugmire,, "Sonic boom rattles tennis players at the French Open: ‘It was very strange, very loud, like something big dropped’," 30 Sep. 2020 Powell didn't see the departure of coach Hylton Dayes as a forewarning. Scott Springer,, "Local players on UC's soccer team react to AD John Cunningham's program closure," 14 Apr. 2020 And then there’s a third explanation—that government programs designed to provide forewarning were eliminated by the Trump White House. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "Here are the disease-fighting jobs Trump did (and didn’t) eliminate," 22 Mar. 2020 With no forewarning, the fatality rate for the province currently stands at about 4.5%. Stephen Engelberg, ProPublica, "How South Korea Scaled Coronavirus Testing While the U.S. Fell Dangerously Behind," 15 Mar. 2020 With no forewarning, the fatality rate for the province currently stands at about 4.5%. Anchorage Daily News, "How South Korea scaled coronavirus testing while the U.S. fell dangerously behind," 15 Mar. 2020 Even before Abdullah’s deportation, Gonzalez gathered information that seemed to support the prison informants’ claims that Abdullah had some forewarning of 9/11. Tim Golden, ProPublica, "Operation Encore and the Saudi Connection: A Secret History of the 9/11 Investigation," 23 Jan. 2020 Turns out, a little forewarning, a dash of tact and a giant pile of money is a winning formula for a clean break. Washington Post Staff, Washington Post, "The breakups of the decade," 16 Dec. 2019 But if an exceedingly large storm were to strike again—as one very nearly did in 2012—the results could be severe, regardless of forewarnings. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, "New Studies Warn of Cataclysmic Solar Superstorms," 24 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of forewarning

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Forewarning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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