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[hahynd-sahyt] /ˈhaɪndˌsaɪt/
recognition of the realities, possibilities, or requirements of a situation, event, decision etc., after its occurrence.
1850-55; hind1 + sight Unabridged
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Examples for hindsight
  • But in hindsight, it might have been one of the best strategies for investors.
  • Everyone's a genius in hindsight.
  • In that regard, of course, hindsight is a wonderful thing.
  • One advantage they have, however, is the hindsight of learning from some of our mistakes.
  • It was a lot of work, but in hindsight was one of the best experiences.
  • It's also true that other mistakes were made, but hindsight is always 20/20.
  • The scientific method is one that is strictly based upon hindsight.
  • It's always easy to judge with 20/20 hindsight.
  • This situation had never occured to me, although in hindsight I feel responsible because this seems like a no-brainer.
  • In hindsight, I should have known someone was eavesdropping on me.
British Dictionary definitions for hindsight


the ability to understand, after something has happened, what should have been done or what caused the event
a firearm's rear sight
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for hindsight
early 19c., "backsight of a firearm," from hind (adj.) + sight. Meaning "seeing what has happened" is from 1883, probably formed on model of foresight.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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