foregone[fôr gôn′, fôr′gôn′]
- The definition of foregone is former, or previously determined.
- 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.
foregone definition by Webster's New World
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- that has gone before; previous; former
- previously determined or confidently anticipated; also, inevitable or unavoidable: said of a conclusion
foregone definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Past participle of forego1.adjective
Having gone before; previous.Usage Note: The word foregone has recently developed a new meaning 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; over 80 percent of Usage Panelists disapprove of this use of foregone.
Variant of forego