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.
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adjective that has gone before; previous; former previously determined or confidently anticipated; also, inevitable or unavoidable: said of a conclusion Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Having gone before; previous.
has recently developed a new meaning as a truncation of the phrase
a foregone conclusion,
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. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved. foregone
transitive verb, intransitive verb , forewent , foregone foregoing
to go before in place, time, or degree; precede
forgon < OE foregan