hind·​sight | \ ˈhīn(d)-ˌsīt How to pronounce hindsight (audio) \

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 the whole thing seems almost in the bag. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Knock Down the House Reminds Us that AOC's Triumph Almost Wasn't," 3 May 2019 In hindsight, one of the most illuminating moments for observers of the William-Kate-Harry-and-Meghan dynamic came when the foursome were carrying out their first official engagement together at the Royal Foundation Forum in February. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Are Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle Really Feuding?," 3 Dec. 2018 This is heavy on hindsight, because at the time the Royals owned a playoff spot and were supremely motivated to make the most of their last season with Lorenzo Cain, Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas together. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "The State of the Royals, Part 1 of 2: How did they get here?," 12 July 2018 Now, Coleman said people are craving sidewalks and alternative methods of transportation, so the city has to build things in hindsight, which is more expensive. Leah Asmelash, charlotteobserver, "Think Charlotte's a terrible city for biking? Here's how the city hopes to change that.," 21 June 2018 Modern hindsight tends to view the Persian Gulf War as an undisputed and straightforward political success, the high-water mark of George H. W. Bush’s presidency. Kate Keller, Smithsonian, "An Unlikely Hardliner, George H. W. Bush Was Ready to Push Presidential Powers," 14 May 2018 In hindsight, the skilled engraver who etches the champion’s Waterford crystal at the Players Championship could have started around lunchtime on Sunday, two hours before Webb Simpson headed to the first tee. Jeff Babineau, New York Times, "Tiger Woods Makes a Charge, but Webb Simpson Keeps Control at the Players Championship," 13 May 2018 Michigan was not one player away from a championship in 2017, despite what some may tell you with crystal clear hindsight. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Shea Patterson is one guy; Michigan football needs more than that," 2 May 2018 At the end of his life, Graham, who is not given to introspection but has clear hindsight, tells Gibbs and Duffy that he had been blessed with a character devoid of jealousy or hate. Newsweek Special Edition, Newsweek, "Exploring Billy Graham's Friendships with US Presidents," 5 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of hindsight

1866, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of hindsight

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


hind·​sight | \ ˈhīnd-ˌsīt How to pronounce hindsight (audio) \

Kids Definition of hindsight

: understanding of something only after it has happened

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