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Definitions for afterthought
ˈæf tərˌθɔt, ˈɑf-af·ter·thought

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. reconsideration, second thought, afterthought, rethinknoun

    thinking again about a choice previously made

    "he had second thoughts about his purchase"

  2. afterthoughtnoun

    an addition that was not included in the original plan

    "the garage was an afterthought"


  1. Afterthoughtnoun

    an action taken after another action and related to the first action, which would normally or optimally be done along with the first action; -- as, to do something as an afterthought.

  2. Afterthoughtnoun

    a feature or part added to a device, not thought of in its original design.


  1. afterthoughtnoun

    A reflection after an act; a later or subsequent thought, action, or expedient.

    She packed her sandals only as an afterthought, but she was glad she did.

  2. afterthoughtnoun

    Something additional to the original plan or concept.

    This whole remodeling was an afterthought, we were only going to paint and call it good.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Afterthoughtnoun

    reflection after an act; later or subsequent thought or expedient

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Afterthought

    aft′ėr-thawt, n. thought or reflection after an action: a later thought.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    A tardy sense of prudence that prompts one to try to shut his mouth about the time he has put his foot in it.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of afterthought in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of afterthought in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of afterthought in a Sentence

  1. Liz Rosenberg:

    We are out of the realm of focusing squarely on the US Treasury or the Iranian central bank governor or Iran's oil minister. It does seem a bit of an afterthought, which is oddly misplaced, to discuss the power of sanctions when there is no meaningful new economic measure that will create a powerful new impact at this point.

  2. Tom Kloza:

    It used to be an afterthought for station owners to schedule truck deliveries. Now it's job No. 1, what I'm worried about for July is the increased demand works out to about 2,500 to 3,000 more deliveries needed every day. There just aren't the drivers to do that.

  3. Natasha Kennedy:

    It's huge because it means that for the first time... governments and donors must include people with disability as a principle of global development and not as an afterthought.

  4. Oscar W. Firkins:

    Humor is not a postscript or an incidental afterthought it is a serious and weighty part of the world's economy. One feels increasingly the height of the faculty in which it arises, the nobility of things associated with it, and the greatness of services it renders.

  5. State Brian Kemp:

    In years past, we've been an afterthought, that's certainly not the case this year.

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