The verdict is virtually a foregone conclusion: Chinese courts average a 98 percent conviction rate.
That was the most important political event of the week, much more than a caucus whose result was a foregone conclusion.
Critics were so certain that Bryan Cranston would win that it seemed a foregone conclusion.
Indeed, to members of the Yes campaign in the final days, victory was a foregone conclusion.
Usually the Best Picture winner is a foregone conclusion by this point—did anyone really think The Artist or Argo would lose?
As a general thing we do not like theological novels written from foregone conclusions.
It was a foregone conclusion that they would consider him a fakir and a crook.
He had no foregone conclusions, no arbitrary predeterminations, no obstinacy, and no egoism.
The countess was inclined to be displeased that he had foregone the ceremony of an adieu.
Still less have we a right to take innocent facts and construct upon them a guilty hypothesis to suit our foregone conclusion.
"to go before," Old English foregan "to go before," from fore- + go. The similarly constructed foredone "killed, destroyed," now is archaic, replaced by done for. Related: Foregoing; foregone.
Phrase foregone conclusion popularized in "Othello" [III.iii], but Shakespeare's sense was not necessarily the main modern one of "a decision already formed before the case is argued." Othello says it of Cassio's dream, and it is clear from the context that Othello means Cassio actually has been in bed with Desdemona before he allegedly dreamed it.