hindsight

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noun 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

  1. It's easy for us to say that the war was wrong, but we have the advantage of hindsight.

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First Known Use of hindsight

1866



HINDSIGHT Defined for English Language Learners

hindsight

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Definition of hindsight for English Language Learners

  • : the knowledge and understanding that you have about an event only after it has happened


HINDSIGHT Defined for Kids

hindsight

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noun hind·sight \ ˈhīnd-ˌsīt \

Definition of hindsight for Students

:understanding of something only after it has happened


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