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[fawr-thawt, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌθɔt, ˈfoʊr-/
thoughtful provision beforehand; provident care; prudence.
a thinking of something beforehand; previous consideration; anticipation.
Origin of forethought
1250-1300; Middle English forthoght. See fore-, thought1
1. See prudence. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Gregg was neither a Parkman nor a modern lover 276 of nature, but something much better, a man of forethought and of good sense.

    The Way to the West Emerson Hough
  • In the woods, as nowhere else, you will earn your leisure only by forethought.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • Even in the midst of her distress, Dolly found time to feel grateful to him beyond measure, and to admire his forethought.

    Vagabondia Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The servants had had the forethought to bring up two lamps with them.

    The Flood Emile Zola
  • Ah, if she could only have looked into the future, as George did in his forethought!

    Trevlyn Hold Mrs. Henry Wood
British Dictionary definitions for forethought


advance consideration or deliberation
thoughtful anticipation of future events
Derived Forms
forethoughtful, adjective
forethoughtfully, adverb
forethoughtfulness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for forethought

c.1300, from fore- + thought. Old English had foreðencan "to premeditate, consider."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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