forethought

[fawr-thawt, fohr-]

noun

thoughtful provision beforehand; provident care; prudence.
a thinking of something beforehand; previous consideration; anticipation.

Nearby words

  1. forestry,
  2. forestville,
  3. foreswear,
  4. foretaste,
  5. foretell,
  6. forethoughtful,
  7. foretime,
  8. foretoken,
  9. foretold,
  10. foretooth

Origin of forethought

First recorded in 1250–1300, forethought is from the Middle English word forthoght. See fore-, thought1

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British Dictionary definitions for forethought

forethought

noun

advance consideration or deliberation
thoughtful anticipation of future events
Derived Formsforethoughtful, adjectiveforethoughtfully, adverbforethoughtfulness, noun

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Word Origin and History for forethought

forethought

n.

c.1300, from fore- + thought. Old English had foreðencan "to premeditate, consider."

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