forethought

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English forethouht, forethoght, from Old English *foreþōht (forethought); equivalent to fore- +‎ thought. See also forethink.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (noun) IPA(key): /ˈfɔː(ɹ)θɔːt/
  • (adjective, verb) IPA(key): /fɔː(ɹ)ˈθɔːt/

Noun[edit]

forethought (countable and uncountable, plural forethoughts)

  1. Thinking beforehand or in advance, planning; prior or previous consideration; premeditation.
    With a little forethought we'd have planned for this contingency and not been stuck here now.
  2. Anticipation.
  3. Provident care; prudence.

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Adjective[edit]

forethought (not comparable)

  1. Thought of, or planned, beforehand.
    • c. 1613-1621, Francis Bacon, The judicial charge upon the commission of Oyer and Terminer held for the verge of the Court
      Forethought malice.
    Synonyms: aforethought, premeditated

Verb[edit]

forethought

  1. simple past tense and past participle of forethink