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sec·ond-guess

(sĕk′ənd-gĕs′)
v. sec·ond-guessed, sec·ond-guess·ing, sec·ond-guess·es
v.tr.
1. To criticize or correct after an outcome is known: "One hesitates to second-guess the jury's judgment from a distance of more than sixty years" (Ira Stoll).
2. To criticize, contradict, or overrule (a decision or one who has made a decision): "When he wants to prescribe costly but powerful medicines, faraway HMO clerks second-guess his drug choices" (George Anders). "Sometimes [General Halleck] second-guessed Grant and aired his objections to instructions instead of immediately transmitting them" (Brooks D. Simpson).
3.
a. To outguess.
b. To predict or anticipate: "She can second-guess indictments" (Scott Turow).
v.intr.
To criticize a decision, especially after its outcome is known.

sec′ond-guess′er n.

second-guess

vb
1. to criticize or evaluate with hindsight
2. to attempt to anticipate or predict (a person or thing)
ˈsecond-ˈguesser n

sec′ond-guess′



v.t.
1. to use hindsight in criticizing or correcting.
2. to outguess.
[1945–50]
sec′ond-guess′er, n.

second-guess


Past participle: second-guessed
Gerund: second-guessing

Imperative
second-guess
second-guess
Present
I second-guess
you second-guess
he/she/it second-guesses
we second-guess
you second-guess
they second-guess
Preterite
I second-guessed
you second-guessed
he/she/it second-guessed
we second-guessed
you second-guessed
they second-guessed
Present Continuous
I am second-guessing
you are second-guessing
he/she/it is second-guessing
we are second-guessing
you are second-guessing
they are second-guessing
Present Perfect
I have second-guessed
you have second-guessed
he/she/it has second-guessed
we have second-guessed
you have second-guessed
they have second-guessed
Past Continuous
I was second-guessing
you were second-guessing
he/she/it was second-guessing
we were second-guessing
you were second-guessing
they were second-guessing
Past Perfect
I had second-guessed
you had second-guessed
he/she/it had second-guessed
we had second-guessed
you had second-guessed
they had second-guessed
Future
I will second-guess
you will second-guess
he/she/it will second-guess
we will second-guess
you will second-guess
they will second-guess
Future Perfect
I will have second-guessed
you will have second-guessed
he/she/it will have second-guessed
we will have second-guessed
you will have second-guessed
they will have second-guessed
Future Continuous
I will be second-guessing
you will be second-guessing
he/she/it will be second-guessing
we will be second-guessing
you will be second-guessing
they will be second-guessing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been second-guessing
you have been second-guessing
he/she/it has been second-guessing
we have been second-guessing
you have been second-guessing
they have been second-guessing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been second-guessing
you will have been second-guessing
he/she/it will have been second-guessing
we will have been second-guessing
you will have been second-guessing
they will have been second-guessing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been second-guessing
you had been second-guessing
he/she/it had been second-guessing
we had been second-guessing
you had been second-guessing
they had been second-guessing
Conditional
I would second-guess
you would second-guess
he/she/it would second-guess
we would second-guess
you would second-guess
they would second-guess
Past Conditional
I would have second-guessed
you would have second-guessed
he/she/it would have second-guessed
we would have second-guessed
you would have second-guessed
they would have second-guessed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.second-guess - attempt to anticipate or predict
forebode, predict, prognosticate, foretell, promise, anticipate, call - make a prediction about; tell in advance; "Call the outcome of an election"
2.second-guess - evaluate or criticize with hindsight
comment - explain or interpret something
Translations

second-guess

[ˌsɛkndˈgɛs] vt (esp) (Am) (fam) (predict) → anticipare; (after the event) → giudicare col senno di poi
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