foresight

[fawr-sahyt, fohr-]
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.
a.
a sight or reading taken on a forward point.
b.
(in leveling) a rod reading on a point the elevation of which is to be determined.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English forsight. See fore-, sight

foresighted, adjective
foresightedly, adverb
foresightedness, noun
foresightful, adjective


1. See prudence. 4. foreknowledge.
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foresight (ˈfɔːˌsaɪt)
 
n
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 Compare backsight 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
5.  the front sight on a firearm
 
fore'sighted
 
adj
 
fore'sightedly
 
adv
 
fore'sightedness
 
n

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foresight
c.1300, from fore + sight. Related: Foresighted.
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Example sentences
Maybe you weren't foresighted enough to get a policy that had full hip replacement.
Much of that damage could have been averted with foresighted hazard mitigation efforts, taken before the event.
Working to strengthen the regulatory framework for small and medium-sized enterprises is foresighted.
Foresighted individuals began a committed effort to restore this land to a productive condition.
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