fore·​warn·​ing fȯr-ˈwȯr-niŋ How to pronounce forewarning (audio)
: a warning given in advance
: 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 The lack of forewarning strains the availability of resources and aid provided to new arrivals at the receiving site, which includes food, clothing, hygiene kits, health checkups and legal orientation. Jeremy Childs, Los Angeles Times, 30 Sep. 2023 Kyiv — and Ukraine — were saved through a combination of Russian President Vladimir Putin's hubris, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's unexpected pluck and wartime leadership skills, and Ukraine's years of planning and forewarning from Western intelligence. Peter Weber, The Week, 30 Aug. 2023 But his father also had forewarning of the atrocity. Sergii Mukaieliants, Washington Post, 23 Aug. 2023 With no forewarning, no experience driving an EV, and virtually no guidance, what was supposed to be a restful trip upstate was anything but. Saahil Desai, The Atlantic, 16 June 2023 The new study suggests industries and people who rely on ionospheric systems could have forewarning of these bubbles. Meghan Bartels, Scientific American, 6 June 2023 Carlson was not allowed to have a final show; staffers at the network, and even at his own show, were not given forewarning. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 24 Apr. 2023 One final forewarning for now. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2023 The forewarning was revealed during a virtual town hall Thursday evening for parents of students at Richneck Elementary School, where the Jan. 6 shooting has raised concerns about potential security failures at the kindergarten through fifth grade institution. Erik Ortiz, NBC News, 13 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of forewarning was in 1548

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“Forewarning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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