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An idea, response, or explanation that occurs to one after an event or decision.


1. a comment, reply, etc, that occurs to one after the opportunity to deliver it has passed
2. an addition to something already completed


(ˈæf tərˌθɔt, ˈɑf-)

1. a later or second thought.
2. something added later, as a part or feature.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.afterthought - thinking again about a choice previously madeafterthought - thinking again about a choice previously made; "he had second thoughts about his purchase"
change of mind, flip-flop, turnabout, turnaround, reversal - a decision to reverse an earlier decision
2.afterthought - an addition that was not included in the original planafterthought - an addition that was not included in the original plan; "the garage was an afterthought"
addition, add-on, improver - a component that is added to something to improve it; "the addition of a bathroom was a major improvement"; "the addition of cinnamon improved the flavor"
dodatečná myšlenka
hugmynd sem kemur eftir á ; bakòanki
dodatočný nápad
sonradan akla gelen fikir


[ˈɑːftəθɔːt] Nocurrencia f tardía, idea f adicional
as an afterthoughtpor si acaso


[ˈɑːftərθɔːt] n
I had an afterthought → il m'est venu une idée après coup
as an afterthought → après coup


[ˈɑːftəˌθɔːt] nripensamento
it was very much an afterthought → è stata una cosa completamente improvvisata
we added it as an afterthought → l'abbiamo aggiunto solo più tardi


(ˈaːftə) preposition
1. later in time or place than. After the car came a bus.
2. following (often indicating repetition). one thing after another; night after night.
3. behind. Shut the door after you!
4. in search or pursuit of. He ran after the bus.
5. considering. After all I've done you'd think he'd thank me; It's sad to fail after all that work.
6. (American. in telling the time) past: It's a quarter after ten.
later in time or place. They arrived soon after.
later than the time when. After she died we moved house twice.
ˈaftermath (-mӕθ) noun
the situation etc resulting from an important, especially unpleasant, event. The country is still suffering from the aftermath of the war.
ˈafterthought noun
a later thought.
ˈafterwards adverb
later or after something else has happened or happens. He told me afterwards that he had not enjoyed the film.
after all
1. (used when giving a reason for doing something etc) taking everything into consideration. I won't invite him. After all, I don't really know him.
2. in spite of everything that has/had happened, been said etc. It turns out he went by plane after all.
be after
to be looking for something. What are you after?; The police are after him.
References in classic literature ?
An afterthought brought me back, when I had quitted the court.
Years don't tell much in our firm, Master Copperfield, except in raising up the umble, namely, mother and self - and in developing,' he added, as an afterthought, 'the beautiful, namely, Miss Agnes.
Louis XIII wanted a discussion from which some light or other might break, convinced as he was that the cardinal had some afterthought and was preparing for him one of those terrible surprises which his Eminence was so skillful in getting up.
107} I suppose the passage within brackets to have been an afterthought but to have been written by the same hand as the rest of the poem.
Him also it loved because on occasions of stress he was used to tuck up his cassock and charge with the rest into the merriest of the fray, where he always found, good man, that the saints sent him a revolver when there was a fallen private to be protected, or - but this came as an afterthought his own gray head to be guarded.
He rose to go, and as an afterthought asked: 'Who is that angry-faced Sahib who lost the cheroot-case?
Wade, ill at ease in her own parlor, caught the afterthought quality of Rose's tone.
The smockfrock, which I saw hanging for sale as I came along, was an afterthought, that I mightn't be noticed.
Also, by an afterthought, I stuffed Foulata's basket, which, except for one water-gourd and a little biltong, was empty now, with great quantities of the stones.
But he seemed to have an afterthought and turned to Philip.
HIGGINS [a genial afterthought occurring to him] I daresay my mother could find some chap or other who would do very well--
Grapnel," said Bert, and then with an afterthought shouted, "TETES there, you