[ fawr-sahyt, fohr- ]
/ ˈfɔrˌsaɪt, ˈfoʊr- /


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.
  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.

Nearby words

  1. foreshore,
  2. foreshorten,
  3. foreshots,
  4. foreshow,
  5. foreside,
  6. foreskin,
  7. foresleeve,
  8. forespeak,
  9. forespent,
  10. forest

Origin of foresight

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

SYNONYMS FOR foresight
1. See prudence. 4. foreknowledge.

Related formsfore·sight·ed, adjectivefore·sight·ed·ly, adverbfore·sight·ed·ness, nounfore·sight·ful, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for foresight


/ (ˈfɔːˌsaɪt) /


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
Derived Formsforesighted, adjectiveforesightedly, adverbforesightedness, noun

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Word Origin and History for foresight



c.1300, from fore- + sight (n.). Cf. German Vorsicht.

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