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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The real world is full of people loath to define anything as evil without the benefit of hindsight. Joshua Rivera, GQ, "How America Makes People into Monsters," 20 June 2018 The report does identify errors of judgment, violations of or even disregard for policy and decisions that at the very least with the benefit of hindsight were not the best choices. NBC News, "Meet the Press - June 17, 2018," 17 June 2018 With 25 years of hindsight, Jurassic Park marks a pivotal point in the history of visual effects in film. Adam Bargteil, Smithsonian, "How ‘Jurassic Park’ Made History 25 Years Ago, Propelling Computer-Generated Animation Forward," 9 June 2018 This is a tough pick to make — even with the benefit of hindsight. Steven Ruiz, For The Win, "Re-picking every No. 1 NFL draft pick since 2000," 26 Apr. 2018 United were seemingly unconvinced by Morata's potential to thrive in the Premier League, an assessment proven to be correct in hindsight after a poor debut season with Chelsea and moved quickly. SI.com, "On This Day in 2017: Manchester United Signed Romelu Lukaku From Everton in £75m Deal," 10 July 2018 In hindsight, some analysts condemned Gore for distancing himself from Clinton during the 2000 campaign. Erik Spanberg, The Christian Science Monitor, "'First In Line' profiles modern vice presidents from Nixon to Pence," 9 July 2018 They'd been given 1-1 odds on a bookmaking site, TIME reported in 2013, but in hindsight the absence makes more sense. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How Prince William and Kate Middleton Picked Prince Louis's Godparents," 9 July 2018 In hindsight, the authors note, sheltering behind the many boulders and embankments in the base camp might have prevented many of the casualties. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, "The Devastating Aftermath of an Avalanche on Everest," 6 July 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 \

Kids Definition of hindsight

: understanding of something only after it has happened

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