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foregone

[fawr-gawn, -gon, fohr-; fawr-gawn, -gon, fohr-] /fɔrˈgɔn, -ˈgɒn, foʊr-; ˈfɔrˌgɔn, -ˌgɒn, ˈfoʊr-/
adjective
1.
that has gone before; previous; past.
2.
determined in advance; inevitable.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; fore- + gone
Related forms
foregoneness, noun
unforegone, adjective

forego1

[fawr-goh, fohr-] /fɔrˈgoʊ, foʊr-/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), forewent, foregone, foregoing.
1.
to go before; precede.
Origin
before 900; Middle English forgon, forgan, Old English foregān. See fore-, go1
Related forms
foregoer, noun

forego2

[fawr-goh, fohr-] /fɔrˈgoʊ, foʊr-/
verb (used with object), forewent, foregone, foregoing.
1.
Related forms
foregoer, noun
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Examples from the web for foregone
  • But their ascension was hardly a foregone conclusion: no other mammal has conquered the air.
  • Long viewed as a stately procession to a foregone conclusion, planetary formation turns out to be startlingly chaotic.
  • Deniers, on the other hand, interpret that same evidence only as it might support their foregone conclusions.
  • It would seem to me that human-induced global-warming is a foregone conclusion.
  • The presence of a designer is not a foregone conclusion.
  • Payback period on solar panels drops dramatically when foregone gasoline purchases are taken into account.
  • But a risk factor is not the same thing as a foregone conclusion.
  • One intervention chosen doesn't make hypocrisy of all the others foregone.
  • The electoral-vote result in ninety per cent of the country would still be a foregone conclusion, no matter how close the race.
  • Their fate, thanks to global warming, has long been a foregone conclusion.
British Dictionary definitions for foregone

foregone

/fɔːˈɡɒn; ˈfɔːˌɡɒn/
adjective
1.
gone or completed; past
Derived Forms
foregoneness, noun

forego1

/fɔːˈɡəʊ/
verb -goes, -going, -went, -gone
1.
to precede in time, place, etc
Derived Forms
foregoer, noun
Word Origin
Old English foregān

forego2

/fɔːˈɡəʊ/
verb -goes, -going, -went, -gone
1.
(transitive) a variant spelling of forgo
Derived Forms
foregoer, noun
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Word Origin and History for foregone

forego

v.

"to go before," Old English foregan "to go before," from fore- + go. The similarly constructed foredone "killed, destroyed," now is archaic, replaced by done for. Related: Foregoing; foregone.

Phrase foregone conclusion popularized in "Othello" [III.iii], but Shakespeare's sense was not necessarily the main modern one of "a decision already formed before the case is argued." Othello says it of Cassio's dream, and it is clear from the context that Othello means Cassio actually has been in bed with Desdemona before he allegedly dreamed it.

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