• WordNet 3.6
    • n forethought judiciousness in avoiding harm or danger "he exercised caution in opening the door","he handled the vase with care"
    • n forethought planning or plotting in advance of acting
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Forethought A thinking or planning beforehand; prescience; premeditation; forecast; provident care. "A sphere that will demand from him forethought , courage, and wisdom."
    • a Forethought Thought of, or planned, beforehand; aforethought; prepense; hence, deliberate. "Forethought malice."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n forethought A thinking beforehand; previous consideration; premeditation.
    • n forethought Provident care; prudence.
    • n forethought Synonyms Foresight, precaution, forecast.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Forethought thought or care for the future: provident care
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  • Charles Buxton
    Charles Buxton
    “In life, as in chess, forethought wins.”


In literature:

She was conscious of all his kindness and delicate forethought, and mumbled her thanks.
"One Woman's Life" by Robert Herrick
Broke's victory was due not so much to courage as to forethought.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
They baffle the forethought of statesmen, and control even the apparently inflexible laws of national development and decay.
"Lord George Bentinck A Political Biography" by Benjamin Disraeli
She expended more care and forethought in the preparation of a menu than of a toilette.
"The Child of Pleasure" by Gabriele D'Annunzio
Preparation, forethought, would only render him unnatural.
"The Call of the Blood" by Robert Smythe Hichens
Therefore through-witting will be the best everywhere And the forethought of mind.
"The Tale of Beowulf" by Anonymous
Abruptly and without forethought.
"Highways in Hiding" by George Oliver Smith
After most welcome and refreshing tea, which we owed to the forethought of Capt.
"The Sherwood Foresters in the Great War 1914 - 1919" by W.C.C. Weetman
Much of it is due to extraordinary enterprise and forethought on the part of their citizens.
"Up To Date Business" by Various
Tests and forethought must take the place of failure and patchwork.
"The Measurement of Intelligence" by Lewis Madison Terman

In poetry:

How truly fortified is he!
Where is the beast his double
In forethought of emergency
And readiness for trouble?
"Parable For A Certain Virgin" by Dorothy Parker
"His good was mainly an intent,
His evil not of forethought done;
The work he wrought was rarely meant
Or finished as begun.
"My Namesake" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Known to each other with strange love,
But with sighs for the king's vain sorrow
And for the queen's vain loneliness
And vain forethought of the morrow.
"Our Story " by Thomas MacDonagh
All that man in pride of spirit slights or prizes,
All the dreams that make him fearful, fain, or fond,
Fade at forethought's touch of life's unknown surprises
Far beyond.
"Plus Ultra" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Our cry for cradled Peace, while men are still
The three-parts brute which smothers the divine,
Heaven answers: Guard it with forethoughtful will,
Or buy it; all your gains from War resign.
"Il Y A Cent Ans" by George Meredith
My heart was singing like a happy bird,
Glad of the present, and from forethought free,
Save for one note amid its music heard:
God grant, whatever end of this may be,
That when the tale is told, the final word
May be of peace and benison to thee.
"The First Meeting" by Robert Fuller Murray

In news:

It involves strategy, forethought, and a certain degree of risk-taking.
Designing and Constructing a Truly Useful Control Room Requires a Lot More Forethought and Planning.
One of the smartest purchases Microsoft ever made came very early on when it bought Forethought for $14 million.
Van Buren, UAFS Buildings Show Area's Forethought .
Forethought Life Insurance Co. Officials announced that for the third consecutive year it has been named as one of the nation's top 50 highest-performing life-health insurance companies in the prestigious 2012 Ward's 50 ranking.
What happens when a neighborhood grows without planning forethought .
One hallmark of Homo erectus, a forerunner of modern humans, was his stone tools, an advanced technology reflecting a good deal of forethought and dexterity.
One hallmark of Homo erectus , a forerunner of modern humans, was his stone tools, an advanced technology reflecting a good deal of forethought and dexterity.
I am disappointed and disgruntled by Andre Karl's lack of forethought in his decision to close ADK KinderPals in Lake Placid.
Equipping your dorm room With a little forethought, you can have all the comforts of home.
You take a life with malice of forethought, you forfeit your own.
Installing a rural-type mailbox and post requires a little forethought and just about enough elbow grease to dig a 3-foot hole.
Even though it is often a surprise and a gift, picking the right car requires some forethought.
We shopped rarely and with forethought and together.
If Collins used a little forethought, maybe he would still be around.