second thought


: reconsideration or a revised opinion of a previous often hurried decision
began to have second thoughts

Examples of second thought in a Sentence

After she agreed to lend him the money, she had second thoughts. She was having second thoughts about getting married. He hardly gave it a second thought.
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Word History

First Known Use

1622, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of second thought was in 1622

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“Second thought.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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