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[af-ter-thawt, ahf-] /ˈæf tərˌθɔt, ˈɑf-/
a later or second thought; reconsideration.
reflection after an act; an appropriate explanation, answer, expedient, or the like, conceived of too late for the occasion.
something added, as a part or feature, that was not included in the original plan or design:
The vestry was added to the church as an afterthought.
Origin of afterthought
1655-65; after + thought1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for afterthought
  • In some parts of the world though, individual well-being is a priority, not an afterthought.
  • There is no sense of responsibility, no afterthought.
  • Never start forward and then try to find her as an afterthought.
  • So are the home and school environments as you point out and the article's author added as an afterthought.
  • It's not an afterthought, farmed out to subcontractors.
  • Precision is an afterthought, an inconsequential detail for those with an agenda.
  • Guacamole is practically an afterthought, hidden under thick, unsalted chips freshly fried in corn oil.
  • Sustaining the vision of a venerable little magazine will become an afterthought.
  • The authors conclude that the poker incident happened but that the line was strictly a wishful afterthought.
  • So far, the military has treated the civilian cabinet as an afterthought.
British Dictionary definitions for afterthought


a comment, reply, etc, that occurs to one after the opportunity to deliver it has passed
an addition to something already completed
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Word Origin and History for afterthought

1660s, from after + thought.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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