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afterthought

[af-ter-thawt, ahf-] /ˈæf tərˌθɔt, ˈɑf-/
noun
1.
a later or second thought; reconsideration.
2.
reflection after an act; an appropriate explanation, answer, expedient, or the like, conceived of too late for the occasion.
3.
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
1655-1665
1655-65; after + thought1
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  • Possibly Mrs. Behn sent the Dedicatory Epistle to press as an afterthought at the last moment and did not see a proof.

  • I claim it as the price of coming, you know, when I was only an afterthought.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Upon an afterthought he added: "There's no reason why he shouldn't meet the Duke, is there?"

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • He hesitated, then added as an afterthought: “I go away to-morrow.”

  • Dionysus/Bacchus was the God of wine, among other things, and women and song had been thrown in as an afterthought.

    Pagan Passions Gordon Randall Garrett
British Dictionary definitions for afterthought

afterthought

/ˈɑːftəˌθɔːt/
noun
1.
a comment, reply, etc, that occurs to one after the opportunity to deliver it has passed
2.
an addition to something already completed
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Word Origin and History for afterthought
n.

1660s, from after + thought.

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