- An example of second guess is when you make a decision and then you start to think about it a little more and decide another decision might have been better.
- An example of second guess is when a friend does something and then you suggest that maybe a different course of action should have been pursued.
verbsec·ond-guessed, sec·ond-guess·ing, sec·ond-guess·es
- To criticize or correct after an outcome is known: “One hesitates to second-guess the jury's judgment from a distance of more than sixty years” ( Ira Stoll )
- To criticize, contradict, or overrule (a decision or one who has made a decision): “When he wants to prescribe costly but powerful medicines, faraway HMO clerks second-guess his drug choices” ( George Anders ) “Sometimes [General Halleck] second-guessed Grant and aired his objections to instructions instead of immediately transmitting them” ( Brooks D. Simpson )
- a. To outguess.b. To predict or anticipate: “She can second-guess indictments” ( Scott Turow )
(third-person singular simple present second-guesses, present participle second-guessing, simple past and past participle second-guessed)
- (idiomatic, US) to vet or evaluate; to criticize or correct, often by hindsight, by presuming to have a better idea, method, etc.
- Please don't try to second-guess the procedure that we have already refined and adopted.
- Once she began listening to her instincts and didn't second-guess herself the entire time, her artwork improved noticeably.
- second guesser
From trying to improve with a second stab.
(third-person singular simple present second guesses, present participle second guessing, simple past and past participle second guessed)
- Alternative spelling of second-guess.