Forestall meaning

fôr-stôl
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To act in advance of; get ahead of; anticipate.
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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.

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To prevent or hinder normal sales in (a market), as by buying up merchandise.
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To prevent or hinder by doing something ahead of time.
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To interfere with the trading in (a market) by buying up goods in advance, getting sellers to raise prices, etc.
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Origin of forestall

  • Middle English forestallen to waylay and rob from forestal highway robbery, ambush from Old English foresteall fore- fore- steall position stel- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition