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foresight

[fawr-sahyt, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌsaɪt, ˈfoʊr-/
noun
1.
care or provision for the future; provident care; prudence.
2.
the act or power of foreseeing; prevision; prescience.
3.
an act of looking forward.
4.
knowledge or insight gained by or as by looking forward; a view of the future.
5.
Surveying.
  1. a sight or reading taken on a forward point.
  2. (in leveling) a rod reading on a point the elevation of which is to be determined.
Origin of foresight
1250-1300
First recorded in 1250-1300, foresight is from the Middle English word forsight. See fore-, sight
Related forms
foresighted, adjective
foresightedly, adverb
foresightedness, noun
foresightful, adjective
Synonyms
1. See prudence. 4. foreknowledge.
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  • He knew that make of gun from toe to foresight; he could assemble it in the dark.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • The programme traced by his minute foresight was carried out.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • What we usually call luck is the result of foresight, skill and courage.

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
  • The execution of this grand design was a master-work of foresight and prudence.

  • Cold reason, foresight and calculation were the ministers of his indomitable will.

    The Life of Cesare Borgia Raphael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for foresight

foresight

/ˈfɔːˌsaɪt/
noun
1.
provision for or insight into future problems, needs, etc
2.
the act or ability of foreseeing
3.
the act of looking forward
4.
(surveying) a reading taken looking forwards to a new station, esp in levelling from a point of known elevation to a point the elevation of which is to be determined Compare backsight
5.
the front sight on a firearm
Derived Forms
foresighted, adjective
foresightedly, adverb
foresightedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for foresight
n.

c.1300, from fore- + sight (n.). Cf. German Vorsicht.

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