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foregone conclusion

an inevitable conclusion or result.
a conclusion, opinion, or decision formed in advance of proper consideration of evidence, arguments, etc.
Origin of foregone conclusion
1595-1605 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Still less have we a right to take innocent facts and construct upon them a guilty hypothesis to suit our foregone conclusion.

  • It was a foregone conclusion that they would consider him a fakir and a crook.

    The Man from the Bitter Roots Caroline Lockhart
  • But what happened was as we now look back at those proceedings, an inevitable occurrence, a foregone conclusion.

    William Lloyd Garrison Archibald H. Grimke
  • There was something in his speech and manner that made it a foregone conclusion.

    A Voice in the Wilderness Grace Livingston Hill
  • You will become a foregone conclusion, one of those men condemned inevitably to do one and the same thing.

    The Thirteen Honore de Balzac
British Dictionary definitions for foregone conclusion

foregone conclusion

an inevitable result or conclusion
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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