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foregone conclusion, a

1.
An outcome regarded as inevitable, as in The victory was a foregone conclusion.
2.
A conclusion formed in advance of argument or consideration, as in The jury was warned to consider all of the evidence and not base their decision on a foregone conclusion. This idiom probably was invented by Shakespeare (Othello, 3:3) but scholars are not agreed as to his precise meaning. [ c. 1600 ]
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