Use the noun foresight to describe successful planning for the future. When it starts raining hard during your long walk to school, you'll wish you had the foresight to bring an umbrella.

  • Pronunciation: / 'fɔrsaɪt/
  • English description: seeing ahead; knowing in advance; foreseeing
  • Synonyms: farsightedness
  • Chinese Translation: 远见(yuan3 jian4)
  • Spanish Translation: la previsión
  • ORIGIN: The word foresight is made of two parts: fore, which means "before," and sight, which means "to perceive." People often perceive things with their eyes: this is vision, or sight. But vision can also describe what someone thinks will happen in the future — and foresight is planning for things before they happen.


  • The shortage, at least, has rewarded those who showed foresight during times of plenty.
  • “Progress,” perhaps, could have been achieved with appropriate foresight, but it wasn’t.

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