American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- That has gone before; previous; past; former.
- Predetermined; made up or settled beforehand.
- v. Past participle of forego
- adj. previous, former
- adj. bygone
- adj. informal inevitable, predictable
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. past; -- used of time. Contrassted to
- adj. well in the past; former.
“Under the base case, a BHP takeover would cost $200 million a year over a decade in foregone government revenue, or 2% of the total, and would present "minimal" risk to the province.”
“Fourth, a malpractice case is a huge risk, a massive time sink (opportunity cost in foregone billing), among many other things including the reputational hit.”
“A study in foregone conclusions -- Parliamentary elections in North Korea.”
“And don't rich people thinking of moving to Oregon consider the 9-10% in foregone sales tax when they purchase their next Mercedes or Hobey-Cat?”
“Other than that, it seemed to be a study in foregone conclusions, and the only thing worth waiting for during the half-time show was to see if the Rollings Stones had a wardrobe malfunction.”
“The response to this study in foregone conclusions has been predictable; the White House went into fits of apoplexy, blamed the media, and then tried to get ahead of the story by releasing three pages of the document to bolster its claim that everything was going swimmingly in Iraq.”
“That may be due to the fact that there are so few contested races down here, and the Senate race between Katherine Harris and Bill Nelson is a study in foregone conclusions.”
“To put it differently, the current tax system is costing us $8 billion annually in foregone production opportunities.”
“Subsequently a combination of Vidic's suspension, following his dismissal for bringing down Steven Gerrard, and Ferdinand's fitness problems have chipped away at the defensive rock which was beginning to make United's extended retention of the title a foregone conclusion.”
“If he gets 30% it will be characterized as a foregone conclusion by 7: 32.”
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