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[ fawr-sahyt, fohr- ]


  1. care or provision for the future; provident care; prudence.
  2. the act or power of foreseeing; prevision; prescience.
  3. an act of looking forward.
  4. knowledge or insight gained by or as by looking forward; a view of the future.

    Synonyms: foreknowledge

  5. Surveying.
    1. a sight or reading taken on a forward point.
    2. (in leveling) a rod reading on a point the elevation of which is to be determined.


/ ˈfɔːˌsaɪt /


  1. provision for or insight into future problems, needs, etc
  2. the act or ability of foreseeing
  3. the act of looking forward
  4. surveying a reading taken looking forwards to a new station, esp in levelling from a point of known elevation to a point the elevation of which is to be determined Compare backsight
  5. the front sight on a firearm

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Derived Forms

  • ˌforeˈsightedly, adverb
  • ˌforeˈsighted, adjective
  • ˌforeˈsightedness, noun

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Other Words From

  • foresighted adjective
  • foresighted·ly adverb
  • foresighted·ness noun
  • foresightful adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of foresight1

First recorded in 1250–1300, foresight is from the Middle English word forsight. See fore-, sight

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Example Sentences

When districts make decisions and just hand them down to schools with no foresight into what it will look like on the ground, it’s extremely frustrating.

With a little foresight, managers can calm the waves of conflict before they crest and crash.

From Time

While it sounds simple, rolling out a no-meeting policy takes foresight and planning as well as bearing in mind that how employees communicate is part of your corporate culture too.

From Digiday

When the company was still small, perhaps such a lack of foresight and imagination could be excused.

Still, it’s a balancing act, Wallace said, pointing to “the need for reflection in conjunction with foresight.”

What would McCain have done if he were president and had the foresight about the ISIS that he now claims?

Knowing almost nothing of football, he had the random foresight to examine the Steeler legend's brain.

Natural selection is a mechanical process with no foresight, which can only blindly favor short-term gain.

The Panglossian view of natural selection is an appealing idea to us as human beings, you argue, because brains have foresight.

It is a shame that those organizing the march did not show more foresight.

Do not suffer yourselves to be persuaded that measures of foresight are always followed by disasters.

Such can live many lives; while a Thoreau can live but one, and that only with perpetual foresight.

But this foresight can scarcely belong to His glory, nor spare Him the reproaches which men could legitimately heap upon Him.

The faculty of foresight, or the ability to know in advance all which is to happen in the world, is attributed to God.

A God of foresight would prevent evil, and in this way would be saved the trouble of punishing it.


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