forewarning

noun
fore·warn·ing | \fȯr-ˈwȯr-niŋ \

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

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Trump gave no forewarning of his decision to Macron, despite their Oval Office meeting in late April, during which the French leader pleaded with Trump to stick to the Iran deal. Time, "The Trump-Macron Friendship Is Falling Apart at the G-7. That Spells Trouble for the French President," 8 June 2018 In a forewarning of future purges, the NRC, too, became subject to political witch hunts. Peter Schwartzstein, Smithsonian, "How Saddam and ISIS Killed Iraqi Science," 30 May 2018 Fortunately, we’ve been given a little more forewarning this time around. Grace Dickinson, Philly.com, "How to prepare for a power outage," 6 Mar. 2018 Cogito is also working with the Veterans Administration to test an app that analyzes voice recordings and tries to give health staff a forewarning of major shifts in a patient’s mental health. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "This Call May Be Monitored for Tone and Emotion," 19 Mar. 2018 Turn up your heat now Fortunately, this storm has brought more forewarning than the last, giving you time to heat up the house in the event the electricity shuts off. Grace Dickinson, Philly.com, "How to prepare for a power outage," 6 Mar. 2018 Trump isn't happy with the hasty decision from Zinke, who did not give the White House forewarning about it, Axios reported Sunday. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Ryan Zinke leads public relations charge during government shutdown," 22 Jan. 2018 For all the agency’s forewarning, the super outbreak of 2011 killed more than 320 people. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, "How the National Weather Service Prepares for the Worst," 12 Sep. 2017 Apparently, this was unplanned, and Chloe had no forewarning. Steve Watkins, star-telegram, "Transistor Tramps amp up the crowd with reunion at Lola’s," 18 July 2017

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First Known Use of forewarning

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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