[fawr-sahyt, fohr-]


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.

Origin of foresight

First recorded in 1250–1300, foresight is from the Middle English word forsight. See fore-, sight
Related formsfore·sight·ed, adjectivefore·sight·ed·ly, adverbfore·sight·ed·ness, nounfore·sight·ful, adjective

Synonyms for foresight

1. See prudence. 4. foreknowledge. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for foresight

Contemporary Examples of foresight

Historical Examples of foresight

  • He knew that make of gun from toe to foresight; he could assemble it in the dark.

  • The programme traced by his minute foresight was carried out.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • 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.

  • Cold reason, foresight and calculation were the ministers of his indomitable will.

British Dictionary definitions for foresight



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper