- To forestall is defined as to prevent something from happening, or to prevent someone from doing something.
When a snowstorm stops a wedding from happening, this is an example of a time when it forestalls the wedding.
- to prevent or hinder by doing something ahead of time
- to act in advance of; get ahead of; anticipate
- to interfere with the trading in (a market) by buying up goods in advance, getting sellers to raise prices, etc.
- to intercept
- to obstruct by force
Origin: Middle English forestallen ; from forestal, ambush ; from Old English foresteall: see fore and amp; stall
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transitive verb fore·stalled, fore·stall·ing, fore·stalls
- To delay, hinder, or prevent by taking precautionary measures beforehand. See Synonyms at prevent.
- To deal with or think of beforehand; anticipate.
- To prevent or hinder normal sales in (a market) by buying up merchandise, discouraging persons from bringing their goods to market, or encouraging an increase in prices in goods already on sale.
Origin: Middle English forestallen, to waylay and rob, from forestal, highway robbery, ambush, from Old English foresteall : fore-, fore- + steall, position; see stel- in Indo-European roots.
- fore·stallˈer noun
- fore·stallˈment noun