Foresee vs Hindsight - What's the difference?

foresee | hindsight |


As a verb foresee

is to anticipate; to predict.

As a noun hindsight is

realisation or understanding of the significance and nature of events after they have occurred.

foresee

English

Verb

  • To anticipate; to predict.
  • * 1838 , Charles Dickens, The Lamplighter
  • "I foresee in this," he says, "the breaking up of our profession."
  • * Bible, Proverbs xxii. 3
  • A prudent man foreseeth the evil.
  • (obsolete) To provide.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • Great shoals of people, which go on to populate, without foreseeing means of life.

    See also

    * forsee English irregular verbs

    hindsight

    English

    (split)

    Noun

    (-)
  • Realisation or understanding of the significance and nature of events after they have occurred
  • When you read " Seven Little Rabbits" at age 6 and read it again 15 years later, the hindsight you've developed in the time between will make you look at and think of the book much differently than you did the first time!
  • The rear sight of a firearm
  • Antonyms

    * foresight

    Derived terms

    * hindsightly * twenty-twenty hindsight