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forethought

[fawr-thawt, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌθɔt, ˈfoʊr-/
noun
1.
thoughtful provision beforehand; provident care; prudence.
2.
a thinking of something beforehand; previous consideration; anticipation.
Origin of forethought
1250-1300
First recorded in 1250-1300, forethought is from the Middle English word forthoght. See fore-, thought1
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  • In the woods, as nowhere else, you will earn your leisure only by forethought.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • The servants had had the forethought to bring up two lamps with them.

    The Flood Emile Zola
  • Only, they had had the forethought to photograph the unidentified.

    The Flood Emile Zola
  • The mind of Xenophon: guiding principles, rule of Health, rule of forethought.

    Cyropaedia Xenophon
  • For most of them she had had the time and the forethought to prepare.

    England and Germany Emile Joseph Dillon
British Dictionary definitions for forethought

forethought

/ˈfɔːˌθɔːt/
noun
1.
advance consideration or deliberation
2.
thoughtful anticipation of future events
Derived Forms
forethoughtful, adjective
forethoughtfully, adverb
forethoughtfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for forethought
n.

c.1300, from fore- + thought. Old English had foreðencan "to premeditate, consider."

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