Definition of afterthought in English:

afterthought

noun

  • Something that is thought of or added later.

    ‘as an afterthought she said ‘Thank you’’
    • ‘The story was irrelevant really, and seemed to be a mere afterthought to all the effects and computer-animation.’
    • ‘When he speaks about the prejudices he has faced, the added issue of his sexuality is almost an afterthought.’
    • ‘Principles are not an afterthought to be considered only so long as they do not affect profits.’
    • ‘Yet the design, the nature and the location of the centre has been an afterthought.’
    • ‘The first-aid kit in the picture does not feature in the play but was thrown in as an additional prize as a humorous afterthought.’
    • ‘Each dumpling melted in my mouth, the creamy tomato hitting my taste buds almost as an afterthought.’
    • ‘The play has no forward momentum, and plot arrives in Act 2 seemingly as an afterthought.’
    • ‘Sustainability, protection of wildlife, controlling agribusiness and pollution are first principles, not afterthoughts.’
    • ‘It seemed to have been shoehorned into the schedules as an afterthought.’
    • ‘Even the corridors, so often the mean afterthought in offices, are generously spaced.’
    • ‘The impression is, though, that the content of this museum was an afterthought.’
    • ‘Team specific marketing was an afterthought at best and almost non-existent.’
    • ‘Roads should be improved and vacant spaces deweeded, he adds as an afterthought.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the story and the performances seem like an afterthought to this stunt.’
    • ‘Facilities such as ramps and wheelchair lifts are often added as an afterthought and seats fixed to floors in cafes are often the norm.’
    • ‘Instead I often see facilities and traffic controls that treat pedestrians as little more than annoying afterthoughts.’
    • ‘The characters were an afterthought and as a result, always came across as wooden and boring.’
    • ‘In Britain, where polls are issued by the major papers every day the bookies are something of an afterthought.’
    • ‘What makes these awards special is the focus they put on design in an industry that often treats design as a superficial afterthought.’
    • ‘Although they often deal with the same subject, the clearest message here is that the prints are neither preliminary workings for his paintings nor mere afterthoughts.’
    ps, additional remark
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Pronunciation

afterthought

/ˈɑːftəθɔːt/