- that has gone before; previous; past.
- determined in advance; inevitable.
Origin of foregone
- to go before; precede.
Origin of forego1
Examples from the Web for foregone
To be sure, Republican rule of the Senate is not a foregone conclusion.The 2014 Election Is Yet Another Scrum in the Culture Wars
October 27, 2014
Indeed, to members of the Yes campaign in the final days, victory was a foregone conclusion.Scotland Says Resounding ‘No’ to Independence
September 19, 2014
As Egyptians go to the polls, the election of a new strongman is a foregone conclusion.Let's Get Real: Washington Can't Walk Away From Cairo
Frank G. Wisner
May 26, 2014
In his home state, Brian Sandoval is a foregone lock to be reelected governor.Nevada Guv Faces Fans and Foes in Reelection
March 18, 2014
Usually the Best Picture winner is a foregone conclusion by this point—did anyone really think The Artist or Argo would lose?And the Best Picture Oscar Goes to… ‘12 Years A Slave,’ ‘Gravity,’ or ‘American Hustle?’
Kevin Fallon, Marlow Stern
March 1, 2014
Why has it taken so many generations to reach a foregone conclusion?Heroes of the Telegraph
That she would hate a soulless creature he accepted as a foregone conclusion.The Monster Men
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Its special feature was a foregone family confidence and sympathy.Little Dorrit
All the foregone days of virtue work their health into this.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The issue may be none so foregone as you suppose," she replied.The Sea-Hawk
- gone or completed; past
- to precede in time, place, etc
- (tr) a variant spelling of forgo
Word Origin and History for foregone
Phrase foregone conclusion popularized in "Othello" [III.iii], but Shakespeare's sense was not necessarily the main modern one of "a decision already formed before the case is argued." Othello says it of Cassio's dream, and it is clear from the context that Othello means Cassio actually has been in bed with Desdemona before he allegedly dreamed it.