- thoughtful provision beforehand; provident care; prudence.
- a thinking of something beforehand; previous consideration; anticipation.
Origin of forethought
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1. See prudence.
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Examples from the Web for forethought
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In the woods, as nowhere else, you will earn your leisure only by forethought.The Forest
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The servants had had the forethought to bring up two lamps with them.
Only, they had had the forethought to photograph the unidentified.
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- advance consideration or deliberation
- thoughtful anticipation of future events
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Word Origin and History for forethought
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