hindsight

noun

hind·​sight ˈhīn(d)-ˌsīt How to pronounce hindsight (audio)
: 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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Word History

First Known Use

1866, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hindsight was in 1866

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“Hindsight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hindsight. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

hindsight

noun
hind·​sight ˈhīn(d)-ˌsīt How to pronounce hindsight (audio)
: realization of the meaning or importance of an event only after it has happened

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