[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 foresightedness

Historical Examples of foresightedness

  • This single word impresses upon us the foresightedness with which he anticipates metaphysical doctrines of modern Germany.

  • His spirit of determination, his persistence, his foresightedness, seem to me the predominant traits in a well-rounded character.

    The Story of General Pershing

    Everett T. (Everett Titsworth) Tomlinson

  • And with her customary cleverness and foresightedness she called him up at the hospital.

    From the Housetops

    George Barr McCutcheon

British Dictionary definitions for foresightedness



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 foresightedness



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper