second-guess

verb
sec·​ond-guess | \ˌse-kᵊŋ-ˈges, -kən(d)-\
second-guessed; second-guessing; second-guesses

Definition of second-guess 

transitive verb

1 : to criticize or question actions or decisions of (someone) often after the results of those actions or decisions are known meet almost every morning and, over coffee, second-guess the local coach— Bruce Newman also : to engage in such criticism of (an action or decision) second-guess the general's strategy

2 : to seek to anticipate or predict lived royally by his ability to second-guess the stock marketTime

Other Words from second-guess

second-guesser noun

First Known Use of second-guess

1941, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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second-guess

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English Language Learners Definition of second-guess

: to criticize or question the actions or decisions of someone

: to try to guess or predict what (someone or something) will do

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