Synonyms & Antonyms of forestall

to keep from happening by taking action in advance
  • you can often forestall skidding on the ice simply by driving more slowly

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How does the verb forestall differ from other similar words?

The words anticipate and prevent are common synonyms of forestall. While all three words mean "to deal with beforehand," forestall implies a getting ahead so as to stop or interrupt something in its course.

hoped to forestall the sale

When can anticipate be used instead of forestall?

The synonyms anticipate and forestall are sometimes interchangeable, but anticipate may imply merely getting ahead of another by being a precursor or forerunner or it may imply checking another's intention by acting first.

anticipated the question by making a statement

Where would prevent be a reasonable alternative to forestall?

While in some cases nearly identical to forestall, prevent implies taking advance measures against something possible or probable.

measures taken to prevent leaks

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The first known use of forestall was before the 12th century

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“Forestall.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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