- 1Anticipate or predict (someone’s actions or thoughts) by guesswork: he had to second-guess what the environmental regulations would be in five years' timeMore example sentences
- Good art institutions should not be about second-guessing the public's taste.
- But while clothes shoppers are revelling in the dozens of new alleys open to them, manufacturers are despairing as they try to second-guess the kaleidoscopic public mood.
- We've been trying to second-guess Augusta all week but there's no sense in trying any longer.
- 2chiefly North American Criticize (someone or something) with hindsight: no one should second-guess police officers whose lives are on the lineMore example sentences
- As a matter of fact, too often presidents have been criticized for second-guessing those commanders.
- We are not prone to second-guess police work, but the sniper investigation seems to have been marked by confusion and worse.
- Once again, Dyllis wished people would stop second-guessing her all the time.
More definitions of second-guessDefinition of second-guess in:
- The US English dictionary