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foresight

[fawr-sahyt, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌsaɪt, ˈfoʊr-/
noun
1.
care or provision for the future; provident care; prudence.
2.
the act or power of foreseeing; prevision; prescience.
3.
an act of looking forward.
4.
knowledge or insight gained by or as by looking forward; a view of the future.
5.
Surveying.
  1. a sight or reading taken on a forward point.
  2. (in leveling) a rod reading on a point the elevation of which is to be determined.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English forsight. See fore-, sight
Related forms
foresighted, adjective
foresightedly, adverb
foresightedness, noun
foresightful, adjective
Synonyms
1. See prudence. 4. foreknowledge.
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  • They must have the foresight and the imagination to see that all knowledge in some way, someday, will serve everyone.
  • Our new instructors could hardly be blamed for a certain impatience with our parents, who had been so lacking in foresight.
  • Marble was wearing sandals, of course, though he did have the foresight to layer heavy white socks underneath.
  • What they looked to enjoy were the fruits of their own valour and foresight.
  • The approaches embody some of science's great virtues: foresight, patience and cleverness.
  • In speeches, he described the digital future with uncanny foresight.
  • The strategy suggested qualities that weren't supposed to occur in the lower orders: foresight, planning, perhaps even tool use.
  • He was a scapegoat, he said, for a common failure of foresight and courage.
  • Their names means hindsight and foresight, respectively.
  • However, those with such visionary foresight are rarely given the chance to call the shots.
British Dictionary definitions for foresight

foresight

/ˈfɔːˌsaɪt/
noun
1.
provision for or insight into future problems, needs, etc
2.
the act or ability of foreseeing
3.
the act of looking forward
4.
(surveying) a reading taken looking forwards to a new station, esp in levelling from a point of known elevation to a point the elevation of which is to be determined Compare backsight
5.
the front sight on a firearm
Derived Forms
foresighted, adjective
foresightedly, adverb
foresightedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for foresight
n.

c.1300, from fore- + sight (n.). Cf. German Vorsicht.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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foresight in Technology

graphics, tool
A software product from Nu Thena providing graphical modelling tools for high level system design and simulation.
(1994-10-24)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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