Definition of hindsight in English:



mass noun
  • Understanding of a situation or event only after it has happened or developed.

    ‘with hindsight, I should never have gone’
    • ‘In hindsight this was already a fairly insensitive and stupid thing to do and almost entirely devoid of humour.’
    • ‘If we rid ourself of hindsight and our own contemporary mindset, we can see that they had no choice but to opt for the latter.’
    • ‘I take no gratification from being right, and I write this not just with the benefit of hindsight.’
    • ‘Without the benefit of hindsight Marianne's instinct was to run and join her mother on the cattle train.’
    • ‘With the benefit of hindsight, I prefer to be philosophical about my experience.’
    • ‘His book ends with the hope that he'll finally reach shore and hindsight will be gentle.’
    • ‘Newspaper talk about a history of bitterness between us was something invented using hindsight.’
    • ‘In hindsight, Tung and his ministers can certainly see they could have done a better job.’
    • ‘Historical hindsight offers a clarity that people at those times simply did not have.’
    • ‘With hindsight, this was a life in hiding, which reached its nadir long after her husband died of a brain tumour.’
    • ‘So with hindsight you were very wise to choose a bond with a guarantee.’
    • ‘We all do stupid things which with hindsight we can't believe we ever did.’
    • ‘To be fair, with hindsight I would not have done the masters which is currently making my life a misery.’
    • ‘In hindsight, he believes things came too early for him, as his club side snapped up the domestic honours.’
    • ‘With the benefit of hindsight, I should really have realised my limitations and done the easy walk.’
    • ‘With hindsight, did his parents' relationship affect his own relationships with women?’
    • ‘In hindsight I should have just stayed longer, lay down and waited without embarrassment.’
    • ‘Playing through Iron Storm was like looking back in hindsight on a historical event.’
    • ‘With hindsight, we know how his moral instinct trumped the evidence for the war and its legality.’
    • ‘Many times I look back in hindsight and think of how I should have handled a situation.’