- that has gone before; previous; former
- previously determined or confidently anticipated; also, inevitable or unavoidable: said of a conclusion
- 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.
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
- The result was a foregone conclusion.
- But the failure of the insurgents was a foregone conclusion.
- As the Union Bank was founded in the midst of a financial panic and was mismanaged, its failure was a foregone conclusion.
- Ali's defeat was a foregone conclusion, once religious enthusiasm had failed him; the secular resources at the disposal of his adversaries were far superior.
- The issue of a war between powers so ill-matched was a foregone 1864.