foregone conclusion

an inevitable conclusion or result.
a conclusion, opinion, or decision formed in advance of proper consideration of evidence, arguments, etc.

1595–1605 Unabridged
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foregone conclusion
an inevitable result or conclusion

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Example sentences
The electoral-vote result in ninety per cent of the country would still be a
  foregone conclusion, no matter how close the race.
But let me quickly add that success was never a foregone conclusion.
But their ascension was hardly a foregone conclusion: no other mammal has
  conquered the air.
The presence of a designer is not a foregone conclusion.
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