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

Examples of forewarning in a Sentence

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 Detroit Tigers catcher Tucker Barnhart made sure to give a forewarning about his enthusiasm. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 3 Nov. 2021 There was no communication with the community and no forewarning. Sylvia Goodman, The Courier-Journal, 18 June 2021 The sound could indeed be a siren and thus a handy forewarning that an ambulance or firetruck might be coming down the road soon. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 24 May 2021 Russian military officials haven't provided the usual level of detail or forewarning. NBC News, 14 Apr. 2021 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,, 30 Sep. 2020 Powell didn't see the departure of coach Hylton Dayes as a forewarning. Scott Springer,, 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, 22 Mar. 2020 With no forewarning, the fatality rate for the province currently stands at about 4.5%. Stephen Engelberg, ProPublica, 15 Mar. 2020 See More

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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 26 Jun. 2022.

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