Definition of forethought in US English:



  • Careful consideration of what will be necessary or may happen in the future.

    ‘Jim had the forethought to book in advance’
    • ‘All it needs is a little careful town planning and forethought.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I would not recommend using these questions casually, without careful forethought or consideration for the other person's feelings.’
    • ‘This is a very potent pair of books, in short: read them attentively and recommend them with careful forethought.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is the largest, most monumental blunder ever committed - for a wise woman, you certainly lack forethought sometimes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'm sorry to be snarky, but it all just seems so damn selfish and lacking in forethought.’
    • ‘Such a state of affairs has left many riders outraged at the lack of forethought put into the legalization of big bikes.’
    • ‘The film is sentenced to seek counseling for its lack of creativity and forethought.’
    • ‘The lack of forethought demonstrates that they were so set on rebellion that they did not consider the outcome.’
    • ‘The Council have shown a big lack of forethought and this needs to be done now, it must happen.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She begins to realize that lack of knowledge and lack of forethought often lead people to do things that they might not otherwise do.’
    • ‘A lack of forethought will effectively mean that they have blood on their hands.’
    anticipation, planning, forward planning, provision, precaution, prescience, circumspection, prudence, care, caution
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