Definition of foresight in English:

foresight

noun

  • 1mass noun The ability to predict what will happen or be needed in the future.

    ‘he had the foresight to check that his escape route was clear’
    • ‘In a guild, the only thing that kept each thief from killing the other was respect: respect of ability, intelligence, foresight, dexterity.’
    • ‘I applaud the Minister's foresight in helping mothers to prepare for an independent future.’
    • ‘Will the people that care, and whom I want to care, exhibit such foresight and planning?’
    • ‘We don't necessarily need prophetic foresight, just the ability to calculate what might result from our actions.’
    • ‘The recent recycling of presidents shows no foresight for the future.’
    • ‘But he did not display any interest or foresight into what that future might contain: for him, not whatever is, is right, but whatever will be, is right.’
    • ‘In other words, foresight, the ability to look ahead, is not an esoteric activity restricted to a few people with PhDs.’
    • ‘Perhaps children even posses abilities we do not; intuition, foresight; perhaps even telekinesis.’
    • ‘This lack of foresight and thoughtless preparation for implementation can clearly have a negative impact on teachers and students, as demonstrated in this study.’
    • ‘Was it a lack of mental ability, foresight and imagination that was needed many years ago to regenerate what was once a fine city?’
    • ‘Since we lack prophetic foresight, we cannot predict the outcomes of our decisions.’
    • ‘It's about time these highways officers had some foresight or common sense.’
    • ‘I'd like to add to our understanding of that situation by looking, in hindsight, at what was predicted with foresight before the war.’
    • ‘Yet look at the damage that many of these other highly speculative and risky professions have caused in the name of science due to their lack of insight, foresight, common sense or humility.’
    • ‘No one, certainly, has perfect foresight into the uncertain future.’
    • ‘Buyers and sellers have perfect foresight; all future incomes are fully known and are reflected in current asset prices.’
    • ‘They really should tell people to use a bit of foresight about their future careers when they are in like, year eight.’
    • ‘It therefore supplied what all industrialists desired, namely, a degree of foresight, through its ability to cost for future changes.’
    • ‘But politics requires foresight and common sense.’
    • ‘‘I knew that was the skill I was going to need,’ he says, as though such foresight is perfectly normal for eight year olds.’
    forethought, anticipation, planning, forward planning, provision, prescience, circumspection, watchfulness, attentiveness, vigilance, prudence, care, caution, precaution, readiness, preparedness
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  • 2The front sight of a gun.

  • 3Surveying
    A sight taken forwards.

    • ‘Our team consisted of Ralph as sketcher, Pat Bingham keeping book, Edgard Bertaut taking foresights with me on point, setting stations and doing backsights.’
    • ‘A number of intermediate instrument set-ups are selected, so that sighting distance for backsights and foresights are approximately equal.’

Origin

Middle English: from fore- + sight, probably suggested by Old Norse forsjá, forsjó.

Pronunciation

foresight

/ˈfɔːsʌɪt/