Definition of forethought in English:



  • [mass noun] Careful consideration of what will be necessary or may happen in the future.

    ‘Jim had the forethought to book in advance’
    • ‘It's pathetic, I know, but then I also know that the vast majority of muggings, thefts and attacks could be avoided with some careful forethought.’
    • ‘The Council have shown a big lack of forethought and this needs to be done now, it must happen.’
    • ‘All it needs is a little careful town planning and forethought.’
    • ‘I heard enough of those kind of comments in high school to last a lifetime and can only ascribe its appearance in a normally responsible publication to poor editing and lack of forethought.’
    • ‘This continues to be so in the face of mounting evidence that many of them are man-made and could be averted altogether or lessened by careful planning and forethought.’
    • ‘He goes on to explain that there was considerable forethought regarding this approach, going to the lean-field rather than to the green, which many of his German competitors have decided to do.’
    • ‘Some could bemoan the lack of clear psychological motivation outside of financial gain as keeping them at an emotional distance, yet it's this lack of forethought and consideration that has brought Bruno to this place.’
    • ‘This is a very potent pair of books, in short: read them attentively and recommend them with careful forethought.’
    • ‘The film is sentenced to seek counseling for its lack of creativity and forethought.’
    • ‘A lack of forethought will effectively mean that they have blood on their hands.’
    • ‘I'm sorry to be snarky, but it all just seems so damn selfish and lacking in forethought.’
    • ‘This is the largest, most monumental blunder ever committed - for a wise woman, you certainly lack forethought sometimes.’
    • ‘She begins to realize that lack of knowledge and lack of forethought often lead people to do things that they might not otherwise do.’
    • ‘I would not recommend using these questions casually, without careful forethought or consideration for the other person's feelings.’
    • ‘I have seen too many such ambitious projects founder for lack of money, time and commitment, and others which, completed, have fallen flat on the grounds of shoddy design and lack of forethought.’
    • ‘The lack of forethought demonstrates that they were so set on rebellion that they did not consider the outcome.’
    • ‘Such a state of affairs has left many riders outraged at the lack of forethought put into the legalization of big bikes.’
    • ‘They can be counted on to enthusiastically endorse any Democratic Party idea, regardless of how utterly void of common sense or careful forethought.’
    • ‘I mean, it is really quite extraordinary that he has eluded capture, and it suggests careful forethought on his part.’
    • ‘As with most technology solutions, much of the success is achieved in the planning stage when the necessary forethought goes a long way to accomplishing the project goals.’
    anticipation, planning, forward planning, provision, precaution, prescience, circumspection, prudence, care, caution
    foresight, far-sightedness, discernment, presence of mind, judiciousness, perspicacity, vision, awareness, penetration
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