- The definition of an afterthought is a consideration that happens later, following a main event or a situation, or something that was not previously considered.
- An example of an afterthought is when someone considers a person's feelings as a result of something said at an event, much after there is any chance to rectify it.
- An example of an afterthought is the realization that a card was not purchased to go with a present.
- An example of an afterthought is a built addition of a bathroom to a house.
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- an idea, explanation, part, etc. coming or added later
- a thought coming too late, after the occasion for which it was apt
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An idea, response, or explanation that occurs to one after an event or decision.