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Definition of forewarning

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

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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 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 Second, there was no forewarning that Luck would retire. Michael Mccann,, "Colts Would Win in Court vs. Fans Seeking Ticket Refunds Over Luck's Retirement," 26 Aug. 2019 Often, residents are given no or little forewarning by the police on imminent tear gas use, and as a result are caught unawares while at home, dining out, or just strolling the streets. Mary Hui, Quartz, "In Hong Kong, almost everyone, everywhere—including pets—is getting tear gassed," 8 Aug. 2019 That forewarning has given rise to an intricate web of global deception. Katherine Eban, WIRED, "8 Ways Overseas Drug Manufacturers Dupe the FDA," 7 Aug. 2019 Many Europeans count on Britain to check Trump’s worst impulses on the international stage — or at least to give them forewarning. Kimberly Dozier / Aspen, Time, "The 'Special' U.S.-U.K. Relationship is Bruised After Trump Officials Left U.K. Out of Iran Strike Planning," 23 July 2019 With no forewarning, Kate Middleton and Prince William are making a short, two-day trip to Northern Ireland to celebrate the young people in the region. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Wore Some of Her Most Beloved Clothing Items In Northern Ireland," 27 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of forewarning

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of forewarning was in 1548

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10 Feb 2020

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“Forewarning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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