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An idea, response, or explanation that occurs to one after an event or decision.
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1. a comment, reply, etc, that occurs to one after the opportunity to deliver it has passed
2. an addition to something already completed
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(ˈæf tərˌθɔt, ˈɑf-)

1. a later or second thought.
2. something added later, as a part or feature.
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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"
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[ˈɑːftəθɔːt] Nocurrencia f tardía, idea f adicional
as an afterthoughtpor si acaso
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[ˈɑːftərθɔːt] n
I had an afterthought → il m'est venu une idée après coup
as an afterthought → après coup
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[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
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(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.
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References in classic literature ?
It was an afterthought, and was begun without a plan."
Somewhere out of the ruck of those warring races had emerged Billy's ancestors, and hers, was her afterthought, as she closed the book and put it back in the drawer.
The smockfrock, which I saw hanging for sale as I came along, was an afterthought, that I mightn't be noticed.
But he seemed to have an afterthought and turned to Philip.
I tell you it IS good, and healthy, too,"--this last as an afterthought. "Look at me.
"Or dying," was her afterthought when she had waited some time for me to speak.
{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.
Wade, ill at ease in her own parlor, caught the afterthought quality of Rose's tone.
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.
HIGGINS [a genial afterthought occurring to him] I daresay my mother could find some chap or other who would do very well--
As an afterthought, he fastened the blanket with a piece of rope yarn, so that Jerry was as if tied in a sack.
"Yes - " he began; but she interrupted with an afterthought:-