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[thawt-out] /ˈθɔtˈaʊt/
produced by or showing the results of much thought:
a carefully thought-out argument.
Origin of thought-out
First recorded in 1865-70
Related forms
well-thought-out, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for thought-out
Historical Examples
  • It is a tendency that sways them, not a thought-out scheme of the way to live.

    Change in the Village (AKA George Bourne) George Sturt
  • I was upsetting, at the very moment of starting, his thought-out arrangements.

    A Padre in France George A. Birmingham
  • A reason is thought-out and conscious, which a motive need not be.

    Psychology Robert S. Woodworth
  • For at once he dropped his own thought-out plans, and did as he was bid.

  • Eugenics is weak because it has no thought-out programme; isms rise and fall because people are not informed.

  • Minds get together slowly wherever there is freedom in thinking for thought-out individual responsibility.

  • The sgal or story is something much more intricate, complicated, and thought-out than the belief.

  • Usually, however, some manipulation of the trial and error sort is needed before the thought-out solution will work perfectly.

    Psychology Robert S. Woodworth
  • For devolution there must be a thought-out plan equally applicable to each several part of the United Kingdom.

British Dictionary definitions for thought-out


conceived and developed in the manner specified: a well thought-out scheme
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Contemporary definitions for thought-out

produced through careful planning or much mental effort; showing the results of careful and thorough consideration


The boys made a well thought-out science fair project.

Usage Note

usu. used in combination with badly, carefully, or well's 21st Century Lexicon
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