recognition of the realities, possibilities, or requirements of a situation, event, decision etc., after its occurrence.

Nearby words

  1. hindooism,
  2. hindoostani,
  3. hindquarter,
  4. hindquarters,
  5. hindrance,
  6. hindu,
  7. hindu calendar,
  8. hindu kush,
  9. hindu-arabic numeral,
  10. hinduism

Origin of hindsight

First recorded in 1850–55; hind1 + sight

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British Dictionary definitions for hindsight



the ability to understand, after something has happened, what should have been done or what caused the event
a firearm's rear sight
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Word Origin and History for hindsight



by 1841, "backsight of a firearm," from hind (adj.) + sight. Meaning "seeing what has happened" is attested by 1862, American English, (in proverbial "If our foresight was as good as our hindsight, it would be an easy matter to get rich"), probably a formation on the model of foresight.

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