hindsight

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n hindsight understanding the nature of an event after it has happened "hindsight is always better than foresight"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hindsight Backward sight or perception; knowledge or comprehension of what is past; afterthought: humorously opposed to foresight.
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Everyone has 20/20 hindsight”
  • Billy Wilder
    Billy Wilder
    “Hindsight is always twenty-twenty.”

Idioms

Hindsight is twenty-twenty - After something has gone wrong, it is easy to look back and make criticisms.
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Usage

In literature:

Ah, what suffering a little hindsight would have saved us.
"The Letters Of Mark Twain, Volume 4, 1886-1900" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Ah, what suffering a little hindsight would have saved us.
"The Letters Of Mark Twain, Complete" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
In hindsight, Milosevic would have done well to co-opt the KLA.
"After the Rain" by Sam Vaknin
Hindsight is readier, certainly surer, than foresight.
"Marse Henry, Complete" by Henry Watterson
It's hard to draw down inter a hindsight in the dark, an' I jest chanced hit with the pistol.
"The Covered Wagon" by Emerson Hough
By hindsight we would seek to better His handiwork.
"The Soldier of the Valley" by Nelson Lloyd
It was like having one's foresight as good as one's hindsight; which in real life, outside tunnels, would save a lot of disasters.
"My Friend the Chauffeur" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
He swore Dixie Hart was a meddlesome hussy, an' that she had cheated the hindsight off of me.
"Dixie Hart" by Will N. Harben
We have what you might call the advantage of hindsight.
"Project Mastodon" by Clifford Donald Simak
In hindsight, it was inevitable.
"The Tunnel Under The World" by Frederik Pohl
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In news:

Looking at Debra Goldman's votes, with benefit of hindsight .
Hindsight in the Libya attack.
Hindsight makes it easy to judge the Jahvid Best Era, right.
In hindsight , Fackrell's choice was a smart one.
Hindsight Says to Delay IPO.
In hindsight , butt-shaping shoes don't work.
Predicting the future, with hindsight .
Prospective Hindsight Why You Should Plan to Fail.
Hindsight on the Vikings' 2011 draft: They choked.
I know it's hindsight and it's easy to do now, but looking back at last year's draft, it's painfully obvious the Vikings should've used their first-round pick on anything other than a quarterback.
A Tumor Is No Clearer in Hindsight .
In the NFL, hindsight makes all coaches' calls look like no-brainers.
Paterson's Hindsight On Gay Marriage.
Hindsight features underground rock from the past and present, including indie rock and pop, post-punk, shoegaze and dream pop.
Storied fashion mag has a big birthday and a little hindsight.
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In science:

In hindsight, the new combination of these two features was responsible for recognising the first pulsars.
Radio Pulsars
In hindsight, despite gaps in our understanding, the evolution in our understanding of heavy ion collisions has exceeded even the most optimistic estimates.
The Color Glass Condensate: A summary of key ideas and recent developments
With hindsight one can look at the data in Fig. 1 and conclude that the extrapolation of the unimproved staggered estimates to the continuum limit is at fault because the fit parameters were not well determined by the data.
Phenomenology using lattice QCD
The reason for this is quite simple in hindsight and is due to our use of h as the length scale (wavelength of critical damping) in (75).
Smoothed Particle Magnetohydrodynamics III. Multidimensional tests and the div B = 0 constraint
On the other hand, with the benefit of hindsight, if X is a scheme admitting a c-Gorenstein complex, and is such that (6.2.8) is an isomorphism for every closed point x ∈ X , then the conclusion of Theorem 6.3.10 holds.
Applications of duality theory to cousin complexes
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