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[fawr-thawt, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌθɔt, ˈfoʊr-/
thoughtful provision beforehand; provident care; prudence.
a thinking of something beforehand; previous consideration; anticipation.
Origin of forethought
First recorded in 1250-1300, forethought is from the Middle English word forthoght. See fore-, thought1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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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


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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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