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  1. hindsightnoun

    understanding the nature of an event after it has happened

    "hindsight is always better than foresight"


  1. hindsightnoun

    Realisation or understanding of the significance and nature of events after they have occurred

    When you read "Seven Little Rabbits" at age 6 and read it again 15 years later, the hindsight you've developed in the time between will make you look at and think of the book much differently than you did the first time!

  2. hindsightnoun

    The rear sight of a firearm


  1. hindsight

    Hindsight bias, also known as the knew-it-all-along phenomenon or creeping determinism, is the common tendency for people to perceive past events as having been more predictable than they actually were. People often believe that after an event has occurred, they would have predicted or perhaps even would have known with a high degree of certainty what the outcome of the event would have been before the event occurred. Hindsight bias may cause distortions of memories of what was known or believed before an event occurred, and is a significant source of overconfidence regarding an individual's ability to predict the outcomes of future events. Examples of hindsight bias can be seen in the writings of historians describing outcomes of battles, physicians recalling clinical trials, and in judicial systems as individuals attribute responsibility on the basis of the supposed predictability of accidents.In some countries, 20/20 indicates normal visual acuity at 20 feet, from which derives the idiom "hindsight is 20/20".


  1. hindsight

    Hindsight refers to the understanding or realization of an event or situation after it has happened or developed. It's often referred to as the ability to understand, from a later perspective, an earlier occurrence or situation, typically with the realization that one could have handled it better with the knowledge that is now available.


  1. Hindsight

    Hindsight is the second album by rapper John Reuben, released on May 21, 2002.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Hindsight in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Hindsight in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Hindsight in a Sentence

  1. Frank VanderSloot:

    If he hadn't been coached by people not to get into his faith and avoid his faith, I think that was one of his strongest points and he was sensitive about not really going there, in hindsight, everybody, I believe including himself, wish he had just said, 'Here's what I believe.' And so Marco's doing that; I think it's really wise.

  2. Donald Trump:

    If there was a personal expense, I paid it. If it was a Party expense, the Party paid it. Now I recognize in hindsight I would do it different to avoid confusion. But the Republican Party never paid a single personal expense of mine.

  3. John Ewan:

    With the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, you probably shouldn't have major benchmarks run by trade bodies and it (Libor) no longer is.

  4. Marco Rubio:

    Eric Holder was in Paris, and maybe John Kerry should have gone, or somebody else, there's a plethora of people they could have sent. I think in hindsight I hope that they would have done it differently.

  5. Kenneth Kuttner:

    Former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers also spoke at length about inflation and made a lengthy argument that turned out to be... not so good in hindsight, the mistakes are always glaring in hindsight.

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