follow Dictionary.com

Denotation vs. Connotation

hindsight

[hahynd-sahyt] /ˈhaɪndˌsaɪt/
noun
1.
recognition of the realities, possibilities, or requirements of a situation, event, decision etc., after its occurrence.
Origin of hindsight
1850-1855
1850-55; hind1 + sight
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for hindsight
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • I'm mostly stronger on hindsight than I am on foresight, but this hyar's onct I sorta lined 'em both up an' got a good bead.

    Bring Me His Ears Clarence E. Mulford
  • How could she, inexpert, foresee what was mockingly obvious to hindsight?

  • It was like having one's foresight as good as one's hindsight; which in real life, outside tunnels, would save a lot of disasters.

    My Friend the Chauffeur C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • In hindsight we should have asked a lot of questions about him.

    Warren Commission (11 of 26): Hearings Vol. XI (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • Well, said McRae, if everybodys foresight in baseball was as good as his hindsight, thered be no trading done.

    Baseball Joe, Home Run King Lester Chadwick
British Dictionary definitions for hindsight

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for hindsight

hindsight

Related Terms

twenty-twenty hindsight

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for hindsight

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for hindsight

17
17
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for hindsight