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foregone conclusion


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A predictable or inevitable conclusion, or one made without any consideration.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. a conclusion which has preceded argument or examination; a predetermined conclusion.
  • n. An inevitable outcome; a certain result; a certainty.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an inevitable ending
  • n. something that is certain


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  • While the Party considered it something of a foregone conclusion that Jon Fox would go on to defeat Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky, it was raining money on a congressional race in New Jersey that would take a miracle for the Republicans to win.

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  • 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.

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  • She didn’t even say it in a mean way, as though Daddy’s “evilness” were such a foregone conclusion that it didn’t even bear getting upset about.

    Slice Of Cherry

  • It was a foregone conclusion anyhow; if Hugh had gone up to no-weight, he would be heading either for Main Drive, or the Control Room, more probably the Control Room.

    Destiny Narrowly Avoided


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