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.
Recent Examples on the Web In hindsight, that point would have been crucial, but teams don’t always play the scoreboard in the third quarter. Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, "Mike McCarthy caps off 2020 season with one more head-scratching decision as Cowboys fail in New York," 3 Jan. 2021 But in hindsight, Trudeau’s true feelings toward oil and gas should have been obvious. Geoff Dembicki, The New Republic, "Will Joe Biden Betray the Climate Movement Like Justin Trudeau Did?," 31 Dec. 2020 In hindsight, one of the most startling things about the game is seeing the attendance – 90,462. oregonlive, "From coronavirus to Sabrina Ionescu to an unnamed Oregon-Oregon State football game: The top sports stories of 2020," 26 Dec. 2020 In hindsight, though, the roots of his approach are visible in key episodes of his life. Jeremy Page, WSJ, "How the U.S. Misread China’s Xi: Hoping for a Globalist, It Got an Autocrat," 23 Dec. 2020 Historical hindsight will have to tell what shape the Covid-19 story will ultimately take, but maybe future modelers will call them humps, Reich offered. Elizabeth Cooney, STAT, "With a meteoric rise in deaths, talk of waves is misguided, say Covid-19 modelers," 12 Nov. 2020 The notion that American politics moves in waves is an artifact of analytical hindsight. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Trump’s defeat was supposed to launch a new progressive era, so what happened?," 6 Nov. 2020 Yet in the last week the memory has already been distilled into rose-colored hindsight. Alli Harvey, Anchorage Daily News, "Bomber Traverse is a spectacular and terrifying way to experience fall in Alaska," 26 Sep. 2020 Only hindsight will tell us if the Big Ten’s decision, followed closely by a similar call from the Pac-12, was prescient or premature. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, "Big Ten dysfunction shows no sign of waning as options for 2020-21 season considered," 29 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of hindsight

1866, in the meaning defined above

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“Hindsight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hindsight. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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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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