- care or provision for the future; provident care; prudence.
- the act or power of foreseeing; prevision; prescience.
- an act of looking forward.
- knowledge or insight gained by or as by looking forward; a view of the future.
- a sight or reading taken on a forward point.
- (in leveling) a rod reading on a point the elevation of which is to be determined.
Origin of foresight
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1. See prudence. 4. foreknowledge.
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Examples from the Web for foresight
What would McCain have done if he were president and had the foresight about the ISIS that he now claims?The Crisis Leadership of No-Drama Obama
June 15, 2014
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.
He also had the foresight to butter Stewart up to fare-thee-well.
He had the foresight to reimagine the American department store.
He knew that make of gun from toe to foresight; he could assemble it in the dark.Way of the Lawless
The programme traced by his minute foresight was carried out.The Secret Agent
What we usually call luck is the result of foresight, skill and courage.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
The execution of this grand design was a master-work of foresight and prudence.Roman Catholicism in Spain
Cold reason, foresight and calculation were the ministers of his indomitable will.The Life of Cesare Borgia
- provision for or insight into future problems, needs, etc
- the act or ability of foreseeing
- the act of looking forward
- 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 determinedCompare backsight
- the front sight on a firearm
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Word Origin and History for foresight
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