hindsight

noun
hind·​sight | \ˈhīn(d)-ˌsīt \

Definition of hindsight 

: perception of the nature of an event after it has happened In hindsight, it's clear there were alternatives. Hindsight is twenty-twenty.

Examples of hindsight in a Sentence

It's easy for us to say that the war was wrong, but we have the advantage of hindsight.

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In hindsight that kind of thinking made me a lot freer. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "The Parents of Riverdale Were All Really Famous Teens—And Yes, They Have Stories," 7 Nov. 2018 If an important arm ends up having a major surgery, then hindsight may be harsh. Thomas Boswell, chicagotribune.com, "In Kelvin Herrera, Nationals may have added the final piece of a true postseason bullpen," 19 June 2018 But hindsight is helpful, calming, and hopefully brings wisdom. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "In Defense of the Long-Distance Relationship," 14 Feb. 2018 The real world is full of people loath to define anything as evil without the benefit of hindsight. Joshua Rivera, GQ, "How America Makes People into Monsters," 20 June 2018 The report does identify errors of judgment, violations of or even disregard for policy and decisions that at the very least with the benefit of hindsight were not the best choices. NBC News, "Meet the Press - June 17, 2018," 17 June 2018 With 25 years of hindsight, Jurassic Park marks a pivotal point in the history of visual effects in film. Adam Bargteil, Smithsonian, "How ‘Jurassic Park’ Made History 25 Years Ago, Propelling Computer-Generated Animation Forward," 9 June 2018 This is a tough pick to make — even with the benefit of hindsight. Steven Ruiz, For The Win, "Re-picking every No. 1 NFL draft pick since 2000," 26 Apr. 2018 United were seemingly unconvinced by Morata's potential to thrive in the Premier League, an assessment proven to be correct in hindsight after a poor debut season with Chelsea and moved quickly. SI.com, "On This Day in 2017: Manchester United Signed Romelu Lukaku From Everton in £75m Deal," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of hindsight

1866, in the meaning defined above

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hindsight

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hindsight

: the knowledge and understanding that you have about an event only after it has happened

hindsight

noun
hind·​sight | \ˈhīnd-ˌsīt \

Kids Definition of hindsight

: understanding of something only after it has happened

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