second-guess(redirected from second-guessing)
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v. sec·ond-guessed, sec·ond-guess·ing, sec·ond-guess·es
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).
a. To outguess.
b. To predict or anticipate: "She can second-guess indictments" (Scott Turow).
To criticize a decision, especially after its outcome is known.
1. to criticize or evaluate with hindsight
2. to attempt to anticipate or predict (a person or thing)
1. to use hindsight in criticizing or correcting.
2. to outguess.
Past participle: second-guessed
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|Verb||1.||second-guess - attempt to anticipate or predict|
|2.||second-guess - evaluate or criticize with hindsight|
comment - explain or interpret something