Definition of foresight in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfôrˌsīt/


The ability to predict or the action of predicting what will happen or be needed in the future: he had the foresight to check that his escape route was clear
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  • In a guild, the only thing that kept each thief from killing the other was respect: respect of ability, intelligence, foresight, dexterity.
  • Buyers and sellers have perfect foresight; all future incomes are fully known and are reflected in current asset prices.
  • No one, certainly, has perfect foresight into the uncertain future.
forethought, planning, farsightedness, vision, anticipation, prudence, care, caution, precaution, readiness, preparedness


Middle English: from fore- + sight, probably suggested by Old Norse forsjá, forsjó.

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Syllabification: fore·sight

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