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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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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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 As in San Francisco, officials in cities like St. Louis were surprised to see hundreds of scooters suddenly perched on curbs without any forewarning. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Electric scooters’ sudden invasion of American cities, explained," 7 Sep. 2018 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

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First Known Use of forewarning

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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