• WordNet 3.6
    • adj foregone well in the past; former "bygone days","dreams of foregone times","sweet memories of gone summers","relics of a departed era"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • foregone That has gone before; previous; past; former.
    • foregone Predetermined; made up or settled beforehand.
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Foregone conclusion - If the result of, say, a football match is a foregone conclusion, then the result is obvious before the game has even begun.


In literature:

But the seven days were as barren as the first, and a verdict against some person unknown a foregone result.
"Stingaree" by E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
True science has no preconceived notion, no foregone conclusion.
"The New Avatar and The Destiny of the Soul" by Jirah D. Buck
The Judges made no concealment of a foregone conclusion against the Prisoners at the Bar.
"Salem Witchcraft and Cotton Mather" by Charles W. Upham
It looked rather like a foregone conclusion, in a little district wherein there were scarcely twenty-five votes.
"The Brown Mouse" by Herbert Quick
It was a foregone conclusion.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. XXXI, No. 3, July 1908." by Various
The result was now a foregone conclusion, for the cowboys had solved the difficult problem of attack.
"The Free Range" by Francis William Sullivan
But, at that moment, the girl would rather have foregone life itself than the glance he bestowed upon her out of his grave, dark eyes.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
Fair trial had he none; it was an end foregone from the beginning.
"In Convent Walls" by Emily Sarah Holt
We went inside, and it was a foregone conclusion that we should camp there upon the grass.
"In the Tail of the Peacock" by Isabel Savory
That Brooklyn will gain in numbers and in wealth with accelerated speed is a foregone conclusion.
"Opening Ceremonies of the New York and Brooklyn Bridge, May 24, 1883" by William C. Kingsley

In poetry:

Yea, till its sentiment was wreathed
About her eye it came,
And all its foregone influence breathed
At mention of her name.
"Cora" by Charles Harpur
But, as my heart's desire would leap
To help him, recognized of none,
I thank the God who left him this,
For many a precious right foregone.
"Limitations Of Benevolence" by Julia Ward Howe
What though the tents foregone, I roam
Till day wax dim lamenting me;
He wills that I shall sleep to see
The great gold stairs to His sweet home.
"Sweet are His ways who rules above" by Jean Ingelow
Ah me! and when forgotten and foregone
We leave the learning of departed days,
And cease the generations past to con,
Their wisdom and their ways,—
"Honours -- Part II." by Jean Ingelow
"But what has been will be —
First memory, then oblivion's swallowing sea;
Like men foregone, shall we merge into those
Whose story no one knows.VII
"The To-be-forgotten" by Thomas Hardy
As such an one, being brought to sudden stand,
Doubts all his foregone path if 'twere the true,
And turns to this and then to the other hand
As knowing not what to do,—
"Honours -- Part II." by Jean Ingelow

In news:

But what happens elsewhere, when relationships form in different ways and love is not a foregone conclusion.
He hasn't made up his mind just yet but he's pretty sure, should he decide to run, his victory is a foregone conclusion.
' With three phone booths as stage props, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that she wou...
Recession not a foregone conclusion, economist says.
Backe's exit was foregone conclusion .
Many communities have foregone purchasing new decorations or replacing ones that are damaged.
Or is it a foregone conclusion for Republican Ted Cruz.
Aides promised no foregone conclusions.
With her young son in tow, Umay ( Head-On 's Sibel Kekilli) walks out on her abusive husband and foregone conclusion of a life in Istanbul.
(AP) — Even with the outcome considered a foregone conclusion, the heated battle over right-to-work legislation in the traditional union bastion of Michigan showed no sign of cooling Tuesday as lawmakers prepared to cast final votes.
When we first got word over the summer about a smaller and less expensive iPad, it was a foregone conclusion that the miniature iPad would be a smash hit for Apple this fall.
The Daily Camera reports (Nov 29, p. 1) that untaxed online sales are costing the city of Boulder $2.5 to $5 million annually in foregone revenue.
It was all but a foregone conclusion.
I just gave the new iPad an Editors' Choice award for large tablets, but frankly it was a foregone conclusion.
To listen to the Obama campaign and many liberal pundits the last few days, the presidential election is a foregone conclusion and the president is a sure bet to be re-elected.

In science:

While instability is indeed a serious possibility, it is not a foregone conclusion in every context.
Empirical Equivalence, Artificial Gauge Freedom and a Generalized Kretschmann Objection
While one might worry that they suffer from negative energy states or negative probabilities, that outcome might not be a foregone conclusion.
Empirical Equivalence, Artificial Gauge Freedom and a Generalized Kretschmann Objection
There are sufficiently many such possibilities to make the gap in the energy distribution disappear for small momenta k . A calculation of more specific spin-color magnetic field correlation functions, which would give a more detailed description of this effect, will be foregone here.
Nonrelativistic Particle in Free Random Gauge Background
In common, all attempts so far have one foregone conclusion, that inflaton dynamics is only viable for η < 1.
Warm inflation solution to the eta-problem
These results dispel many foregone assumptions generally made up to now about inflation models and bring to the fore various elementary issues that must be addressed to do reliable calculations from inflation models.
Inflation in the warm and cold regimes