- When you are 40, your carefree teenage years are an example of something foregone.
- When a decision is made before all the committee members have voted, this is an example of a foregone conclusion.
- that has gone before; previous; former
- previously determined or confidently anticipated; also, inevitable or unavoidable: said of a conclusion
Usage Note: The word foregone is occasionally used by itself as a truncation of the phrase a foregone conclusion, as in It is by no means foregone that the team will relocate to Baltimore next season. But the usage has not gained broad acceptance. More than 85 percent of Usage Panelists disapproved of this usage in our 2014 survey.
- past participle of forego