foregone conclusion


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foregone conclusion

n.
1. An end or a result regarded as inevitable: The victory was a foregone conclusion. See Usage Note at foregone.
2. A conclusion formed in advance of argument or consideration.

foregone conclusion

n
an inevitable result or conclusion

fore′gone′ conclu′sion


n.
1. an inevitable conclusion or result.
2. a conclusion formed in advance of proper consideration of evidence, arguments, etc.
[1595–1605]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.foregone conclusion - an inevitable ending
conclusion, ending, finish - event whose occurrence ends something; "his death marked the ending of an era"; "when these final episodes are broadcast it will be the finish of the show"
2.foregone conclusion - something that is certain; "his victory is a certainty"
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
cert - an absolute certainty; "it's a dead cert"
ineluctability, unavoidability - the quality of being impossible to avoid or evade
inevitability, inevitableness - the quality of being unavoidable
surety - something clearly established
indisputability, indubitability, unquestionability, unquestionableness - the quality of being beyond question or dispute or doubt
moral certainty - certainty based on an inner conviction; "she believed in the importance of moral absolutes and moral certainty"; "the prosecutor had a moral certainty that the prisoner was guilty"
predictability - the quality of being predictable
slam dunk - something that is a sure to occur; a foregone conclusion; "predicting his success was a slam dunk"
References in classic literature ?
One would have thought he must have understood that society was closed for him and Anna; but now some vague ideas had sprung up in his brain that this was only the case in old-fashioned days, and that now with the rapidity of modern progress (he had unconsciously become by now a partisan of every sort of progress) the views of society had changed, and that the question whether they would be received in society was not a foregone conclusion.
Wolf Larsen looked curiously at him, as though about to probe and vivisect him, then changed his mind, as from the foregone conclusion that there was nothing there to probe.
No man could accuse him of cowardice or treachery, for Kulan Tith was in arms against Helium, and, further, upon the Thuria were not enough swords to delay even temporarily the outcome that already was a foregone conclusion in the minds of the watchers.
That she would hate a soulless creature he accepted as a foregone conclusion.
His manner, when he made that reply, suggested to Emily that there was some foregone conclusion in his mind, which he was putting to the test.
It was a foregone conclusion that he would be suspected; but, to make it a sure thing there must be tangible proof--such as the actual buying of the poison, and that, with a man of the peculiar appearance of Mr.
When he speaks to me I allow him to finish his sentence without expressing, as you do, a foregone conclusion that it is not worth attending to.
And the mood at the count at Birchwood Tennis Centre last night certainly seemed to suggest the outcome was a foregone conclusion.
However, another all-out Arab-Israeli war was "a foregone conclusion.
As I've said siguraduhin lang nila ang security ko, yun lang naman talaga ang tanong ko, kasi talaga namang it's a foregone conclusion na ganyan ang gagawin nila (So there's a remaining 1 percent.
HMichael Clarke is part of the fictional band Foregone Conclusion who star in the new film Life on the Road - Ricky Gervais's return to his hit character from The Office.
Its world premiere was this week in London's Leicester Square, with Foregone Conclusion performing four songs outside before the film is screened.