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 With the power of hindsight, Moab said investigators will be gathering all the facts and evidence to evaluate the police response to the incident. Eric Levenson And Ray Sanchez, CNN, 23 Sep. 2021 As there is for Vacasa’s Roberts and Sextant’s Geovanis, Lucas also now has the benefit of hindsight to assess everything that happened over the past 16 months since the pandemic began. Peter Lane Taylor, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 Here’s a game-by-game breakdown — with the benefit of hindsight. Greg Moore, The Arizona Republic, 10 Jan. 2022 With the benefit of two centuries of hindsight, Elgin’s claim that his removal of treasures from the Acropolis was a noble act, in either its intention or its result, is dubious at best. Bruce Clark, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Jan. 2022 The Lakers’ continuity and injury problems, at least with 32 games of hindsight, are pretty obvious for a team with a bunch of new players and a bunch of older players (or ones with injury histories) who also happen to be playing in a pandemic. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 22 Dec. 2021 With fresh eyes and the benefit of hindsight, Pajares is joined by more than 30 individuals close to him who reflect on the decade. Jamie Lang, Variety, 14 Dec. 2021 For example, when businesses report a surprisingly good month, such as this October, the seasonal adjustment algorithms look back on previous months with the benefit of hindsight. Washington Post, 15 Nov. 2021 For Mitski, growth only comes with the benefit of hindsight. Alex Suskind, EW.com, 8 Oct. 2021

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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 23 Jan. 2022.

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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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