hind sight


recognition of the realities, possibilities, or requirements of a situation, event, decision etc., after its occurrence.

1850–55; hind1 + sight

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hindsight (ˈhaɪndˌsaɪt)
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 & History

early 19c., "backsight of a firearm," from hind (adj.) + sight. Meaning "seeing what has happened" is from 1883, probably formed on model of foresight.
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