forethought Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun planning or plotting in advance of acting
  2. noun judiciousness in avoiding harm or danger
    precaution; caution; care.
    • he exercised caution in opening the door
    • he handled the vase with care


Fore"thought` adjective
  1. Thought of, or planned, beforehand; aforethought; prepense; hence, deliberate. "Forethought malice." Bacon.
Fore"thought` noun
  1. A thinking or planning beforehand; prescience; premeditation; forecast; provident care.
    A sphere that will demand from him forethought, courage, and wisdom. I. Taylor.

Webster 1913