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hindsight

[hahynd-sahyt] /ˈhaɪndˌsaɪt/
noun
1.
recognition of the realities, possibilities, or requirements of a situation, event, decision etc., after its occurrence.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; hind1 + sight
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British Dictionary definitions for hind sight

hindsight

/ˈhaɪndˌsaɪt/
noun
1.
the ability to understand, after something has happened, what should have been done or what caused the event
2.
a firearm's rear sight
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Word Origin and History for hind sight

hindsight

n.

by 1841, "backsight of a firearm," from hind (adj.) + sight. Meaning "seeing what has happened" is attested by 1862, American English, (in proverbial "If our foresight was as good as our hindsight, it would be an easy matter to get rich"), probably a formation on the model of foresight.

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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