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 Decades only take shape with the clarity of hindsight. Oliver Staley, Quartzy, "The 2010s will be remembered as the decade of avocado toast and BTS," 29 Nov. 2019 But with the benefit of hindsight, Facebook underpaid. The Economist, "Capital is flooding into Silicon Valley," 2 Nov. 2019 They are wrapped in the warm comforts of hindsight. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "The Ongoing Horror of #MeToo," 24 Oct. 2019 To some vocal fans with the advantage of hindsight, the decision-making registered as questionable at best, coaching malpractice at worst. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "Even in Ravens’ defeat, John Harbaugh scores a small victory for analytics community seeking warmer embrace," 26 Sep. 2019 Consider this, with the benefit of hindsight: The 2000 election will always be remembered for the 537 votes that divided Al Gore and George W. Bush in Florida, which were worth 25 electoral votes at the time. Time, "The High-Risk Strategy That Could Hand Democrats the White House," 17 Sep. 2019 The new film has the advantage of hindsight perspective from Goodes himself, among others, as well as aiming for broader contextual scope. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Australian Dream': Film Review | Telluride 2019," 30 Aug. 2019 Jones' presence at the talks was grossly inappropriate in hindsight, some union members say. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "UAW's leadership uncertain, member's confidence shaky after Jones quits," 22 Nov. 2019 There was an over-the-top, frequently funny storyline running through much of the hour-long set, a set-up, that in hindsight, shouldn't have been a surprise. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "DaBaby is the breakout rapper of 2019. His Milwaukee 'Kirk' tour stop proves superstardom is next.," 18 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of hindsight

1866, in the meaning defined above

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“Hindsight.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hindsight. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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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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