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[fawr-thawt, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌθɔt, ˈfoʊr-/
thoughtful provision beforehand; provident care; prudence.
a thinking of something beforehand; previous consideration; anticipation.
Origin of forethought
1250-1300; Middle English forthoght. See fore-, thought1
1. See prudence. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for forethought
  • It requires considerable forethought and prior planning, negotiation and deliberation.
  • Vulnerabilities must be avoided with forethought and careful design.
  • Treat publishing as a forethought, not an afterthought.
  • Any movement, however slight, required forethought and planning.
  • He displayed no forethought about or interest in tomorrow.
  • Grants that are submitted by multi-agencies shows planning and forethought and will be look upon favorably.
  • However, a little practice and forethought can make the job easier and safer.
  • With a little forethought much of these materials can be diverted from landfills.
  • Crash prevention involves proper planning and forethought.
  • Useful indexing requires careful planning and forethought before any actual imaging begins.
British Dictionary definitions for forethought


advance consideration or deliberation
thoughtful anticipation of future events
Derived Forms
forethoughtful, adjective
forethoughtfully, adverb
forethoughtfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for forethought

c.1300, from fore- + thought. Old English had foreðencan "to premeditate, consider."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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