From Middle English forsight, forsyght, forsichte, equivalent to fore- + sight. Compare Scots foresicht (“foresight”), Saterland Frisian Foarsicht (“caution”), West Frisian foarútsjoch (“foresight”), Dutch voorzicht (“foresight”), German Vorsicht (“caution; care; attention”).
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈfɔɹsaɪt/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈfɔːsaɪt/
- (rhotic, without the horse–hoarse merger) IPA(key): /ˈfo(ː)ɹsaɪt/
- (non-rhotic, without the horse–hoarse merger) IPA(key): /ˈfoəsaɪt/
- Homophone: Forsythe (in accents with the horse-hoarse merger)
- Hyphenation: fore‧sight
- The ability to foresee or prepare wisely for the future.
- Having the foresight to prepare an evacuation plan may have saved their lives.
- 2020 May 20, Industry Insider, “An online boost for freight”, in Rail, page 68:
- The specifiers of the Freightliner network had the foresight to base the rail journey on carrying ISO containers which are 8ft wide and originally 8ft tall (although now increased to a height of 9ft 6ins), with a variety of lengths.
- the front sight on a rifle or similar weapon
- (surveying) a bearing taken forwards towards a new object
- (ability to foresee or prepare wisely for the future): prescience, foreknowledge, divination, clairvoyance, prophecy