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, this was probably a terrible idea, but what first-apartment decoration really ever is? Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "I Can't Stop Buying Plants Even Though They Always Die," 9 Jan. 2019 In hindsight, some bankers say several public and private deals were priced too aggressively as investors eagerly bought into companies’ optimistic growth projections. Julie Steinberg, WSJ, "Investor Interest in Chinese Tech Begins 2019 Not With a Bang but a Whimper," 2 Jan. 2019 That means there's a limited amount of time left to watch (and re-watch) your favorite moments: Mark's creepy-in-hindsight love declaration to Juliet, that scene where Billy Mack shades a boy band, Colin Firth failing at Portuguese... Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "Leaving Netflix January 2019: Say Goodbye to These 47 Movies and TV Shows," 12 Dec. 2018 Instead, in hindsight, 2002 looks like an outlier, or maybe even a last hurrah. Brian Straus, SI.com, "The Factors and Figures Behind Europe's World Cup Dominance Trend," 8 July 2018 But in hindsight, Linkin Park’s trajectory, and Bennington’s, sheds light on an evolving quest for new ways to express vulnerability. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "What Linkin Park Gave to Pop Music," 25 June 2018 In hindsight, of course, the Boston fights seem tame by reality-television standards. Rebecca Schuman, Longreads, "When ‘The Real World’ Gave Up on Reality," 6 June 2018 But in hindsight, Obama’s failure to rein in the out-of-control abuses of this authoritarian police apparatus loom larger every day. Will Bunch, Philly.com, "1,475 lost kids, the yellow bracelet, and the human stain on American morality | Will Bunch," 27 May 2018 Jacoby Brissett Florida opted for Jeff Driskel instead of Brissett in 2011 and 2012 – in hindsight, not a great decision. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "10 college quarterback transfers who found success in their new homes," 22 May 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of hindsight

: understanding of something only after it has happened

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